Posted March 19, 2012 on AP on Fox
It will take an unfortunate collapse for the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers to miss the postseason, and their chances of finishing in the top two positions in the Eastern Conference seem much more realistic. Florida is riding its longest winning streak in four years, though it will have to avoid a sixth consecutive loss to host Philadelphia on Tuesday night in order to extend that run. The Flyers (42-22-8) continued their dominance over the Panthers with a 5-0 win at Wells Fargo Center on March 8. Florida (35-23-13) has gone 4-0-1 since that defeat, improving its Southeast Division lead while inching closer to Boston for the conference's No. 2 seed. The Panthers extended their winning streak to four Saturday by beating Buffalo 3-2 in a shootout. It's their longest since a seven-game run March 2-16, 2008. "We've got a long, long road until the end of the season," coach Kevin Dineen said. "It'll be a tough stretch for us. We know there's some quality teams that we're goi...
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