#5 New coach Kevin Dineen brings his own aggressive playing style to a team that had the fewest penalty minutes in the league last season. This won’t be a dump and chase kind of team, and that’s a good thing. Even when we don’t have the puck we will still be dangerous with a relentless forecheck.
#4 Ed Jovanovski (in the picture above) will hold the Panthers together even if he isn’t selected as captain, which would be a surprise. The Panthers have a young defensive corps, their average age is 28, so they will need some guidance. With the help of established blueliners Mike Weaver and Brian Campbell, Jovanovski will be able to improve the play of Kulikov, Ellerby, and possibly even Erik Gudbranson.
#3 Speaking of Gudbranson there is a good chance fans will get to see him put on a Panthers jersey this year.
#2 The color red and the “We See Red” campaign. Not only are the new home jerseys going to be red, but all of the lower bowl seats at the BankAtlantic Center have been transformed to red thanks to a partnership with Zimmerman Advertising.
#1 The Panthers need their seventh man in the stands more than ever. The BankAtlantic Center had an average crowd of 15,685 which made it 22nd among the 30 NHL venues. This can improve. The atmosphere can change the game on the ice. There are going to be some games on weekdays that will have a small crowd. When teams like the Canadiens, Rangers, Flyers, Bruins, etc. come to town the arena usually fills up noticeably. They are not all Panthers’ fans, though, and there is nothing worse than hearing the home crowd overwhelmingly chant “Lets go Rangers.”
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