Posted April 29, 2013 on
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The Florida Panthers enjoyed a memorable night when they opened the 2013 NHL season. They watched the unveiling of their 2012 Southeast Division championship banner at BB&T Center, then recorded a convincing 5-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes thanks to goals by prized rookie Jonathan Huberdeau and soon-to-be 40-year-old Alex Kovalev.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, their home finale was more representative of their season. With an undermanned lineup, and with Kovalev now retired, the Panthers suffered a 4-0 shutout loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The loss assured the Panthers of finishing with the worst record in the NHL even before they closed the season with a 5-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday.
''That stinks, when you're at the bottom of the pile,'' Coach Kevin Dineen said. ''There's a lot of hockey teams and you're always looking to try to reinforce some positives for your team but that is the brutal rea...
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SUNRISE, Fla. Days before the Florida Panthers opened training camp, Shawn Matthias made a prediction.
"It's going to show pretty quickly who did the work while we were off," Matthias said. "If you took any weeks off or thought it was a good time to slack, it is going to show in these 48 games."
For the Panthers, in this lockout-shortened season, it showed...
The NHL holds its draft lottery Monday night, and the Florida Panthers have the best odds of winning.
The draw will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the league's amateur draft June 30. All 14 NHL teams that missed the playoffs have a shot at the No. 1 selection.
Florida finished with the fewest points in the NHL this season. It has a 25 percent chance...
TORONTO (AP) --TORONTO (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery on Monday.
The Florida Panthers own the second pick for June's draft, while the Tampa Bay Lightning have the third selection.
Colorado had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, worst in the Western Conference.
The Panthers, who finished...
The regular season completed today with Ottawa's victory over Boston. Now I am going to post my traditional if i had an award ballot post, where I list who I would have voted for if I had a vote in the NHL Awards that most interest me.
Calder Trophy: 1. Jonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers 2. Nail Yakupov Edmonton Oilers 3. Jonas Brodin Minnesota Wild. Here is where I picked...