Dwork On Sports: Relax, The Panthers Are Going To Be Fine – CBS Local
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Following a franchise-best record and a division championship last season, the expectations around the Florida Panthers ballooned over the summer. And in many ways, rightly so.
The Panthers have a ton of young talent that is still improving and the right mix of veteran production and leadership that leads many to believe that Florida is finally in the ‘cup contender’ category.
Things seemed to be all good when the Panthers opened the season with a 3-1-1 record after playing four of their first five games at home, but with the team’s first road trip came the first bumps in the road.
Already without Jonathan Huberdeau and Nick Bjugstad due to injury, Florida lost Jussi Jokinen to a lower body injury that has kept him out for almost two weeks now.
The depth of the Panthers has been put to the test early this season and while the team has played some very good hockey, the consistency has been lacking.
Florida dropped three straight on the road in Pittsburgh, Toronto and Buffalo despite holding third period leads during the first two games.
So after 10 games the Panthers are holding a very mediocre 4-5-1 record, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not time to panic. Or worry. Or sweat.
The team is going to be fine. They’ll be in the playoffs and they’ll be feared.
Starting at the back, Florida’s goaltending is as solid as it’s ever been with Roberto Luongo and James Reimer.
While I’m still not sold on Reimer as Luongo’s heir apparent,