With their nine game losing streak in the rearview mirror, the Florida Panthers are set to hit the road for their longest trip of the season. Florida will play five games in eight nights from November 15-22. Here is the schedule for the journey out west:
Friday November 15 at Minnesota Wild, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday November 16 at Colorado Avalanche, 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday November 19 at Vancouver Canucks, 10:00 p.m.
Thursday November 21 at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m.
Friday November 22 at Calgary Flames, 9:00 p.m.
Here are some stats about the road trip:
Florida Panthers road record: 1-7-1
Florida Panthers vs Western Conference: 3-4-2 (8 of their 12 points have come against the West)
The combined record of the five opponents is 46-37-11. Out of a possible 188 points, the opponents have accumulated 103, a point percentage of .548. To give you some perspective, the Panthers are near the bottom of the NHL in point percentage with .316 while the Avalanche are at the top with .824. The combined opponents point percentage of .548 is slightly better than the Washington Capitals who are ranked 16th in the NHL at .533.
The .548 point percentage is impressive because on the back end of the trip, the Panthers face two of the leagues worst teams, the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. The scheduling of the trip does not do the Panthers any favors. The two most winnable games on the trip are the last two and they are played on back-to-back days in some pretty inhospitable arenas. By the time the Panthers get to Edmonton they will have already played three games (one back-to-back set) against three of the league’s best teams.
If we take the Oilers and Flames out of the equation for a second, the combined record of the Avalanche, Wild and Canucks is 36-14-6, 78 points out of a possible 112 for a point percentage of .696 which is a number that would fall somewhere behind the Tampa Bay Lightning who have the seventh best point percentage in the league, .722. Only after the Panthers endure three games against tough opponents will they get a shot at the lowly Oilers and Flames.
So what does any of this mean? Probably nothing. What really matters the most is which Panthers team will show up to each game. Will it be the team that we just saw beat the Anaheim Ducks or will it be the team that went 24 days between their last two wins. This is all just a really roundabout way of asking, what you do think? How do you think the Florida Panthers will do on their upcoming road trip? Share your opinion in the poll below: