The Florida Panthers endured a crushing 2-1 defeat at the hand of the Philadelphia Flyers last night. The loss was made worse by the fact that their newest goaltender Tim Thomas left the game in the first period with a pulled groin. Here is some of the latest news from the Panthers and from around the league:
- We will be breaking last night’s game down later today, but for now here is our recap of the loss to the Flyers.
- While we may be a bit behind the 8-ball, The Rat Trick finally got around to doing our projections for the Florida Panthers offense, well half of them….check out part 1 here and look for part 2 later this afternoon.
- Those around the league do not have the highest of expectations for the Florida Panthers but inside the locker room things are different, according to this story in The Trentonian. How different? This is what defenseman Erik Gudbranson had to say about his team:
I don’t think it’s competing for a playoff spot, I think it would be a disappointment if we didn’t make it. In this room, we set our expectations high. We want to compete. We want to a win a Stanley Cup this year. At the end of the day, that’s what we’re going for.
- Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper had a strange path to the NHL. Here is the story of how the ex-lawyer became an NHL head coach, courtesy of Grantland’s Katie Baker.
- The Panthers have been brutal on the power play going scoreless on 16 chances. The Washington Capitals on the other hand have scored six mad-advantage goals. Washington is led by the dynamic Alexander Ovechkin who has three of those power play goals. His play has led Cyril Handal, of Stars and Sticks, to wonder: just how many power play goals can Alex Ovechkin score?
- In case you missed hit, here is Jonathan Quick scoring on his own net in the Kings loss Monday night to the Rangers: