The Florida Panthers have had nothing but trouble this season going 13-25-6 this season. They have four remaining games this season, but even getting the possible
eight points would put them in 13th in the East. They have had problems all year, the season after they had a third seed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Their captain, Ed Jovanovski, was drafted 1st overall in 1994 by the Panthers. He has only played in six games this season, and has only one assist registered. That is one problem the Panthers have. Another is the fact that only 5 players have played all 44 goals this season. These players include Tomas Fleischmann, Jonathan Huberdeau, Tomas Kopecky, Brian Campbell, and Shawn Matthias. The five players total a number of 133 points. The total number of points the Panthers have generated is 261.
So why did the Panthers do so poorly? Maybe they needed to play harder and get more goals? Maybe they could have had stronger goaltending. Their goaltenders had good numbers. Jacob Markstrom had a save%
of .898 in 19 games. Scott Clemmensen had a save% of .874 in 19 games. Jose Theodore was close behind Markstrom with a percentage of .893 in 15 games. So it seems their goaltending was quite decent.
Maybe the hype of being in the playoffs last season caught up to them. They rode out the excitement and was still trying to live the dream. Their record for last season was 38-26-18, which gave them 94 points. Their 32 points this season isn’t even half of what it was last year, and they need to step up their game. They can pick up a few defenseman and forwards in the draft, and bring some people up out of the AHL and try to go through a quick rebuild.
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