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Panthers offense suffers because of injured defense

Feb 20, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

Scottie Upshall Dmitry Kulikov Jason Garrison AP

The Florida Panthers’ biggest name (and highest-paid) defenseman Brian Campbell is still in the mix, but some difficult injuries on the blueline have affected the team on the scoreboard.

The Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov discusses how much the team’s offense has “sputtered” without hard-shooting Jason Garrison (who leads the league’s D-men in goal scoring with 13) and smooth-passing Dmitry Kulikov. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen hopes that Florida can add some diversity to its offensive mix in light of these issues.

“You can’t be a one-trick pony, get offense from one source; it can’t be one style,” Dineen said. “You have to have a little diversity to your game. There’s numbers of ways we’re exploring [in practice].”

The Panthers remain first overall in the Southeast Division and the Carolina Hurricanes might maintain that lead as they’re up 2-0 against the Washington Capitals. Despite the fact that it doesn’t really seem like anyone is stepping up in the Southeast, Florida is going to have to get its act together – without some of its best catalysts.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    I’d add that the Jets have stepped up in the short term. If they continue to play the way they have the last 3 games then the divisions there’s for the taking (I do know the Jets have played a few extra games)

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