Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Tune into FOX Sports Florida at 7 p.m. to watch the Florida Panthers take on the Washington Capitals. NHL Panthers territory. Though the Florida Panthers are limping down the final stretch of the regular season, they still remain close to securing their first division title and returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2000. The Washington Capitals can only blame themselves if their run of four straight postseason appearances comes to an end. Needing one point to secure a playoff berth, the Panthers try to avoid a fifth consecutive loss both overall and in Washington on Thursday night. Mired in a 1-2-5 stretch and coming off a 5-4 overtime home loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday, Florida (37-25-18) remains collectively upbeat knowing it has a four-point lead over second-place Washington in the Southeast Division. With a point either Thursday or at home versus Carolina on Saturday, the Panthers will end the NHL's longest active playoff drought. The Panthers, who haven't droppe...
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