Why the Florida Panthers will miss the playoffs
Desperate times call for desperate measures when adversity starts to hit. That is the case with the Florida Panthers as the NHL regular season winds down. The Florida Panthers have lost two consecutive games and they are starting to feel the pressure a little bit.
They are three points behind the New Jersey Devils for the final wild-card spot in the eastern conference. Florida has a game in hand, but the schedule will not be any easier for the Panthers for the final six games of the regular season. Florida plays the Boston Bruins three times and two of them are on the road.
The Panthers also have to play the Nashville Predators at home this Tuesday Night. Florida also plays the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres. Carolina isn't a pushover even though they won't be in the playoffs once again this season. The only winnable game for Florida is Buffalo.
The team they have to catch for the eighth spot is the New Jersey Devils and they have a favorable schedule remaining. Their next three games are against non-playoff teams: New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, and New York Rangers.
The Devils final two games are against the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals. New Jersey is 1-1 this season against Toronto and New Jersey is 1-2 against Washington this season.
If the Devils get in, can the Panthers get in over the Philadelphia Flyers? The Flyers have just four games remaining and three of them are against non-playoff teams: New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, and New York Rangers. Philadelphia's toughest game remaining is this Sunday Afternoon at home against the Boston Bruins.
Philadelphia is currently six points ahead of the Florida Panthers in the standings. Because of the slow start the Florida Panthers had, it is going to cost them at a chance of competing for a Stanley Cup this season.