The Lottery Push

Welcome back Panther fans,

As we close in on the end of another long season, Panther fans clearly do not have much to cheer for. And, I realize writing an article about the Panthers at this point in the season is like writing the little captions underneath the Sunshine girl in the paper; you might read it, but you really don’t care that she’s 18 or a Libra. The only thing left to cheer for at this point is the inevitable tank they are attempting to make to end their season. The Panthers are quickly closing in on last place, and while many teams are making hard playoff pushes, the Panthers are in a lottery push. Currently sitting at 5th last overall, in part due to New Jersey’s torrid pace of late, the Panthers are primed for a bottom three finish with just over 15 games remaining in the regular season. The standings as of game-time tonight are as follows:

Devils            64pts

Panthers      63pts

Islanders     62pts

Avalanche   60pts

Senators       57pts

Oilers             54pts

The Devils, on paper, are only a single point up on the inept Panthers, however, upon closer review; it is easy to see that the surging Devils should easily distance themselves in concluding weeks of the season. The Islanders too have been playing a stronger brand of hockey over the last month, and should be able to push ahead of the Panthers over the last month. The Avalanche and Senators are two teams that have headed in different directions since the trade deadline, and much of the reason for that can be linked to goaltender Craig Anderson, who has single-handedly won several games for the Senators since the trade. The Oilers, like the Panthers seem content to play out the season without very much noise, in hopes of securing the top pick in this year’s draft. In the draft lottery teams can only move up 4 positions, leaving the Panthers on the outside looking in, in getting the 1st overall pick. However, with 15 games remaining the Panthers have a great opportunity to gain ground, and potentially secure a higher selection.

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