Barring a collapse, the Florida Panthers are headed for their first postseason appearance since 1999-2000.
The Buffalo Sabres can't afford to leave points behind like they did last game if they hope to join Florida in the playoffs.
On the verge of their longest winning streak in four years, the Panthers close out a four-game homestand Saturday night against the Sabres, winners of four of five in this series.
Southeast Division-leading Florida (34-23-13) extended its home winning streak to four with its third consecutive victory overall, defeating Boston 6-2 on Thursday. The Panthers have outscored opponents 17-6 during their modest run at BankAtlantic Center.
"We want to play well at home to enthuse our fan base," coach Kevin Dineen said. "We want to be homers, be a good home team. I think we've shown that."
Despite its recent success, Florida, which hasn't posted four consecutive victories since a seven-game run March 2-16, 2008, knows it can't afford to take its foot off the ...