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Despite dropping their latest contest, the Florida Panthers remain in good position to win their first division title.
The Panthers hope to record a club-record sixth straight home victory Friday night, but to do so they'll need to overcome their recent struggles against the Edmonton Oilers.
Though Florida's season-high five-game winning streak was snapped with a 3-1 loss at Carolina on Wednesday, the Panthers (36-24-13) still lead second-place Washington by four points atop the Southeast Division.
The Panthers may be able to wrap up the title - and no worse than the No. 3 playoff seed - over their next five games, which are all against opponents with losing records. After hosting Edmonton (29-36-9) and the New York Islanders, they visit Montreal, Minnesota and Columbus.
While that stretch may not appear difficult, veteran defenseman Ed Jovanovski knows the Panthers can't take anything for granted after a lackluster effort against a Carolina team trying to hold on to...
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Wojtek Wolski w 3 goals, 5 assists in 13 games with Panthers since Rangers dealt him to Florida #NYR— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) March 22, 2012
...the Panthers must have one awesome tub to get Wolski to put up those numbers. That, or the Panthers head coach is actually giving him a chance to play. Burn.FYI former Ranger Erik Christensen w 4 goals in last 4 games for the Minnesota...
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins guessed right against Jose Theodore in the fourth round of a shootout.
Nugent-Hopkins beat Theodore with a backhander for the only shootout goal in the Oilers' 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
''Most of the guys went to his glove side,'' Nugent-Hopkins said. ''I just went down there and saw the backhand was going...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Joni Pitkanen had a goal and an assist in his first game in three months, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat Florida 3-1 Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.
Eric Staal had his second straight two-goal game -- giving him a team-leading 23 -- and Cam Ward made 30 saves to help the Hurricanes win their season-best fourth straight...
With last night's 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers, the Hurricanes now sit at 11th place in the Eastern Conference, only two points behind the 10th place Winnipeg Jets and five points out of a playoff spot. Realistically, the Hurricanes will have to win all of their remaining games to even have a shot at the playoffs and that probably won't happen, but just looking at the...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, If the NHL playoffs began today, the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars would be the No. 3 seeds in the Eastern and Western Conferences respectively, as the division leaders (winners) in the Southeast and Pacific Divisions (and enjoy home-ice advantage in the first round).
But the Panthers and Stars have another discouraging fact in common...