The NHL-worst Florida Panthers continue to stumble, and things aren't about to get any easier with Ed Jovanovski out again.
A visit to Raleigh isn't likely to help, either.
The Panthers won't have their captain available Tuesday night as they open a season-high five-game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes, who have dominated this series at home.
After missing 22 games, Jovanovski briefly returned Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders before re-aggravating a lower-body injury in the second period. The 36-year-old veteran isn't expected to return anytime soon.
That doesn't bode well for the Panthers (7-16-6), who have been outscored 26-11 during a season-worst 0-5-1 skid. They evened the score with three goals in under a two-minute stretch early in the third period Saturday but couldn't complete the comeback.
"I like that we came back and we pushed that hard," coach Kevin Dineen, whose team has gone 0 for its last 17 on the powe...