Posted January 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
After finishing with the fewest points in the Eastern Conference last season, the Florida Panthers are one of the NHL's biggest surprises. Perhaps just as surprising - they're atop the Southeast Division despite having gone more than six weeks without a road win. In the opener of a three-game trip, the Panthers try to avoid a seventh straight road loss Wednesday night against the struggling Colorado Avalanche. Florida (21-14-9) has never won a division title in its 18 years but owns a one-point advantage over Washington for first place. That lead could be larger if it could figure out a way to win away from home. The Panthers are 0-3-3 on the road since beating Boston 2-0 on Dec. 8. They had only six losses in their first 16 away games. Florida, which has also lost its last two visits to the Pepsi Center since a 4-1 win Jan. 2, 2003, arrives in Colorado after falling 3-2 to the Bruins in a shootout Monday. The Panthers had plenty of chances with four breakaways but only convert...
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