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Tank Talk: Panthers grab highest draft odds by getting squashed

Apr 25, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

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In the mixed-feelings filled world of pro sports tanking, the Florida Panthers were the big “winners” on Thursday.

With a 4-0 loss to a Toronto Maple Leafs team that was on the wrong end of a back-to-back, it’s official that no other team can out-lose the Panthers for the best odds to win the 2013 draft lottery. As was discussed earlier, the Panthers have a 25 percent chance to land the No. 1 pick.

Want a look at how the NHL’s bottom 10 fared on Thursday? Of course you do:

Phoenix: 48 points (idle)
Philadelphia: 47 points (defeated NY Islanders 2-1)
Buffalo: 46 points (idle)
Calgary: 42 points (lost to St. Louis 4-2)
Carolina: 42 points (lost to the NY Rangers 4-3, but received an uncharitable point via getting to OT*)
Edmonton: 41 points (idle)
Tampa Bay: 40 points (lost to Boston 2-0)
Nashville: 41 points (lost to Detroit 5-2)
Colorado: 37 points (idle)
Florida: 34 points (lost to Toronto 4-0)

A few notes: The New Jersey Devils also had an opportunity to tank a slight bit, but they need to give up a first-rounder soon, so it makes sense that they soldiered on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Thursday. The Flames were stubborn about it, but it looks like they’re embracing reality a little late in the game (sounds like the trade deadline). While the Panthers and Oilers (and maybe Avalanche) show that they’re true veterans of the tanking game, one has to “commend” the Predators for being quick learners with a 1-8-1 mark in their last 10.

One other fun fact: All of the teams currently in the bottom seven are on some kind of losing streak.

* – Might as well call it uncharitable in this context, right?

  1. mclovinhockey - Apr 26, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    The fact the devils didn’t give up last years pick says something bad about how they are run.

    • 19to77 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Watch as they end up with the #1 pick this year and have to give it up. The hockey gods are a wrathful bunch, and Lou Lamoriello has tempted fate too long.

  2. hockeyfan28 - Apr 26, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    Doesn’t really matter this year these teams are all getting a solid player this is the deepest draft since 03 easy

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Maybe but the true prizes are in the top 2, maybe 3 selections.

  3. triggerlock45 - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Dude I swear this guy likes try Florida. This is the first story where the writer sounds like an incompetent jackass.

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