The Florida Panthers need a goal. Badly. It’s been more than two games since a Panther made a red light come on. To put it in perspective how long it’s been: Go to your dvd collection and pull out Die Hard (if you don’t have it, go buy one. I’ll wait.). Watch it from beginning to end. That’s how long it’s been. Two hours, 11 minutes and 24 seconds and counting.
Tuesday, it was Henrik Lundqvist. Wednesday, it was Corey Crawford. So who do the Panthers get to face to end this drought? They are probably going to get reigning Vezina Trophy winner Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, who is coming off his own shutout of the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Good luck with that, guys.
The good news is that the Cats have played very well against the Sabres and Miller this season, going 2-0-1. Heck, they even chased Miller out of a game (12/17/10). But let’s be honest, that seems like eons ago at this point. The Sabres are surging towards another playoff berth, while the Panthers are descending down the standings.
This post-trade deadline period was supposed to be a chance for some younger guys to make a statement. Well, that really hasn’t happened. Clay Wilson was one guy who was giving the team some production (2g, 1a, +4 in 9 games) as a defenseman but, he was sent back to the minors on March 20. Joe Callahan has remained on the blue line as a solid defender but has contributed nothing in terms of points. Michal Repik, who had an all-star season at the AHL level, hasn’t really contributed like many were hoping. In the past, it seemed that coach Pete DeBoer didn’t have much tolerance for Repik and I think we’re starting to see why. In 23 games, he’s produced one goal (8 pts total). He’s a fast skater who has created plenty of opportunities for himself, but hasn’t even come close to converting them. Not the time to be choking away an opportunity with Dale Tallon watching intently from upstairs.
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