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Dineen says Panthers deserve the worst record in the NHL

Jan 30, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers lost again last night.

Check that: they lost badly again last night.

The 5-2 defeat in Tampa Bay was the Panthers’ fifth straight loss, a stretch that’s seen them outscored by a 23-5 margin.

After the game, Florida head coach Kevin Dineen was asked if his team deserved to be 1-5-0, which happens to be the worst record in the NHL.

“I think so,” Dineen said, per the Sun-Sentinel.

“Our record is fairly accurate of what we played the last four games. I hate to say it, we deserve to be where we are right now. I like the fact we have people in here that for a lot of us it’s a little bit of foreign territory. It’s a matter of us deciding how we’re going to deal with it and we will.”

Dineen’s remarks were somewhat more measured than the ones he made after Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Flyers — a performance he called “embarrassing” and “atrocious.”

The Panthers were a surprise playoff team last season, winning the subpar Southeast Division with a 38-26-18 record. In the first round, they nearly eliminated the eventual Stanley Cup finalists New Jersey Devils, losing Games 6 and 7 in overtime.

But the playoffs seem like a long shot after just six games of the 2013 season. More likely is another high draft pick to add to their collection.

The fact the Panthers have the league’s worst goals-against average (4.00) also begs the question: Should GM Dale Tallon make a trade for Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo?

Florida hosts Winnipeg Thursday.

  1. elvispocomo - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    But what is the problem causing them to be outscored so badly? Is it their goaltending not being good enough? Is it the defence (team defence or the actual defencemen) that is letting their goalies down? A combinaton?

    As a Canucks fan for years and years, I’ve seen all three scenarios. In the Luongo era, it’s been team defence just as much if not more than the goalies being responsible, so changing goalies wouldn’t be a solution unless the team also tightens up.

    I think Florida certainly are missing what they lost when Garrison left (which isn’t replaced defensively by Kuba) and having Gudbranson out doesn’t help either. They weren’t a guarantee to be a repeat playoff team since they only got in by so much last year, so it isn’t unexpected for them to have a drop in performance. But they certainly might benefit in on ice performance from improving their team in a deal like one that’s been suggested for Luongo.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      They weren’t a guarantee but they did win their division last year, and at worst would have been 6th seed in the East if they didn’t win their weak division.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Well, actually they would have fallen to 7th if they didn’t win the division since they would have swapped spots with Washington. Their division being weak last year is my point though – would they have made it in if Washington hadn’t crapped the bed, if Tampa had had some goaltending, if Winnipeg hadn’t had to travel so much, or if Carolina hadn’t been, well, Carolina?

        Going on points alone, Florida would have been 6th in the East. They were 6 points behind New Jersey (who ended up 6th by virtue of the division winners guaranteed a top 3 spot) but only 5 points ahead of Buffalo, who were in 9th. Florida would have been just ahead of Washinton and Ottawa for the last playoff spots. The other three Southeast teams were 10th, 11th and 12th in the East – hardly a division where anyone was pushing the other top teams in the East, or even the top teams in the Atlantic division.

        Sure, someone has to win the Southeast and get that guaranteed playoff spot. But if the difference between 3rd last year and 7th was 2 points for Florida, that’s hardly even a strong indication of 8th or better this year.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    And people thought that trading for Roberto for a season or two was a bad idea. Good thing they didn’t allow Markstrom to be playing with this hot mess in front of him. It may have ruined him.

  3. z561 - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Not winnin’ for Mackinnon.

    Btw, trading for Luongo does NOTHING for us….

  4. LampyB - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    What’s wrong with jacob markstrom? If goaltending is that bad (which it was last year too) markstrom is ready and has big potential…

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