Posted March 23, 2012 on AP on Fox
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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