Though Florida still appears to be in good shape to claim its first division title in franchise history, the Panthers' overall play in the last two games might be a cause for concern.
A visit from the New York Islanders, however, could help the Panthers get back on track.
The Southeast Division leaders look to avoid a third straight defeat Sunday night when they try to complete a four-game season sweep of the visiting Islanders.
With eight games remaining, Florida (36-24-14) has a four-point lead over Washington in the race for the Southeast Division title and a top three seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, after two straight losses to a pair of teams set to the miss the postseason, the Panthers need to step up their game if they want to return to the playoffs for the first time since 1999-2000.
"There's no shortcuts right now," coach Kevin Dineen said. "We're looking to maybe take a little easier path, to try and take the highway instead...