Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Prowling Panthers

            The Carolina Panthers aren't the only "Panthers" in professional sports having a terrific season. The Atlanta Falcons might've ended their quest for perfection, but Carolina has their eyes set on the Super Bowl. Anyways, there's another Panthers team that has seen success early in their season and they're located in South Beach. In fact, they were in 1st place in the Atlantic division on Sunday. They are the Florida Panthers.
            The Florida Panthers are currently riding a six-game winning streak. During their current six-game winning streak, they've averaged 3.67 goals per game. That might not seem like much when compared to other sports, but it's quite an amount in hockey. If you want to go even further, the Panthers have won 12 of their last 15 games. Not bad for the other Panthers squad considering how mediocre their franchise history has been.
            Florida has gotten things done through the likes of being stagnant on allowing goals. They are ranked third in the NHL in goals allowed with 2.3 goals per game allowed. The goaltending tandem of Al Montoya (5-1-1, 1.79 GAA, .930 save %) and old Panther favorite Roberto Luongo (15-11-3, 2.20 GAA, .924 save %) has proven to be an effective duo for Florida. Jaromir Jagr has shown flashes of 1990s-2000s Jagr, leading the team with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists).
            Florida's been plagued by relocation rumors for the longest time possible due to ownership issues and lack of attendance. Therefore, it might take time for South Beach residents to be convinced that there's a viable product on the ice (27th in average attendance this season with 13,286 fans per home game). They are in the same market as the Miami Heat, after all. But if the Panthers continue this type of success, then the Florida Panthers might be able to reel in the same type of success as their basketball brethren.

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