The Panthers have no time to lick their wounds after last night's atrocity. Hopefully, they have put it behind them, because tonight, they face one of the eastern conference's toughest teams in the Philadelphia Flyers.
One would expect to see a pissed off Panthers team tonight. You would think that being 2 points out of a playoff spot with 8 games remaining, you might get Florida's best effort. You would think that. God only knows what we'll get. Florida has been fighting for their playoff lives for a couple weeks now, and only last night, after blowing a 3rd period lead for the 4th time in 8 games, did we see any fight in this team. Too bad it came after the game was decided. Too bad it came after the Panthers hit their lowest point of the season. At this point, I can only hope that the Cats will bring that kind of fight and passion to the rest of their games.
As for the Flyers, they are in a playoff battle of their own, although theirs is a much nicer position to be in. The Flyers are trying to fend off the Hurricanes (remember a couple weeks ago, when the 'Canes were the 9th seed, and the Panthers were 5th? Those were the days...) and the Penguins for that 4th seed and home ice for the first round. The Flyers lead 5th seed Carolina by a point, 6th seed Pittsburgh by 2. Philly has won 3 straight, including an impressive 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in their last game on Monday.
Puck drops at 7:00.