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The Panthers are probably glad the season’s almost over

Apr 22, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

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This isn’t meant to pile on the Florida Panthers. They’ve had a ton of injuries this season, not to mention the loss of d-man Jason Garrison to free agency.

But there’s losing, and then there’s LOSING. Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Bruins was the Panthers’ sixth straight — a stretch that’s seen them outscored 30-8.

Florida (13-26-6) has the dubious distinction of owning the worst offense (2.24 goals per game) and the worst defense (3.58) in the NHL. Not surprisingly, the team also has the fewest points in the standings — just 32, five fewer than 29th-place Colorado.

After 45 games, the Panthers’ goal differential has dropped all the way to minus-58. The next worst in that category belongs to the Avs, at minus-33.

If this weren’t a shortened season, Florida would be on pace for a goal differential of minus-106. The last team to break the minus-century mark was the 2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins (-113). Remember how bad Columbus was last year? The Jackets finished at minus-60.

If the Panthers can take anything from their sixth loss in a row, at least Jacob Markstrom played well. The tall 23-year-old goalie stopped 36 of 38 Boston shots (the Bruins got an empty-netter) at TD Garden.

Markstrom has been waiting in the wings of the organization for quite some time now. He was drafted 31st overall in 2008 and has spent the better parts of three seasons in the AHL, with the odd NHL appearance mixed in.

Markstrom’s also typically been the first answer to the question, “Why don’t the Panthers trade for Roberto Luongo?”

Will we see the Luongo rumors pop up again this summer? Or, has that ship sailed?

Mercifully, the Panthers only have three games left. They close out their home schedule Thursday versus Toronto. Tickets are affordable.

  1. jpelle82 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    they need seth jones…i bet the oilers still somehow win the lottery though.

  2. elvispocomo - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Markstrom will be a good goalie, but only if they don’t put him through the wringer in the coming seasons like they have this year. They need to give him legitimate support from a goalie that can play games and hopefully also wants to be there – sounds a lot like Luongo to me. Even if they use him for the next 2-3 years to bring Markstrom along and support him as a backup as he (and the team around him) gets better, they can look at trading him then when his salary starts to drop but his cap hit remains attractive for teams looking to reach the floor.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    You can sit on the glass for cheaper then balcony seats in Boston

  4. blomfeld - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY …

    and trust me friends, it won’t be for much longer. In fact, I can say it “here and now” that Roberto Luongo is “guaranteed” to be the starting goalie for the Panthers next season! (ie: Blomfeld guarantees come with a statistical 98% accuracy rating, 19 times out of 20).

    • thomasvanek - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      You might want to double check your math

    • jpelle82 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      19/20 is 95% blomfeld

      • blomfeld - Apr 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        Person A: do you think they’re retarded ?

        Person B: no friend, I think it’s more that they’ve never studied statistics before …

        Friends, I’m fully aware that 19 divided into 20 equals 0.95 or 95% etc. However the formula above which I’ve used to express my level of assurance that Luongo goes to Florida, is an expression of statistical “probability” …

        eg: where “X” equals Luongo, then X/20(Y-2X+64,000,00) x Y2/3Z(X1-X2) = X5-Z3

        or in other words, if one were to “randomly” select 100 x Luongos off the street, then there’s a 100% probability of 98 of them immediately bolting to Florida on 19 x occasions out of a total of 20 x “randomly selected” occasions … :)

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