5 Florida Panthers players who must bring their A-Game down the stretch

The Florida Panthers are so close to becoming the undisputed top team in the Eastern Conference, and five players must take charge to make that happen.

Jan 26, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) at the
Jan 26, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) at the / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Sergei Bobrovsky must keep up his rebound season

In the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sergei Bobrovsky got it together and helped lead the Panthers on an unprecedented run to secure the Prince of Wales Trophy. Although they came up short to the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2023 Stanley Cup Final, Florida still defied the odds, and it set the stage for a potential rebound for Bobrovsky. 

Despite his turnaround in the playoffs, Bobrovsky struggled with a 0.901 save percentage, a 3.07 GAA, and a pedestrian 24-20-3 record during the regular season. At 34, it was safe to wonder whether Bobrovsky was slowing down until indicated otherwise in the postseason, and fortunately, the trend has continued well into 2023-24.

Through 38 games, Bobrovsky has snagged 25 wins, a solid 0.913 save percentage, and a stellar 2.43 GAA. The latter number is rather enticing, as Bobrovsky hasn’t put up such a solid GAA since he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

Like Reinhart, we’re seeing Bobrovsky accomplishing some amazing things this year, and if he keeps up this incredible pace, expect the Panthers to get even better in the final two months of the regular season. Bobrovsky has been fun to watch once again, and though it’s been several years since he won the Vezina, the 35-year-old may find himself back in the conversation as the NHL’s best goaltender.