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Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice was asked in his postgame press conference about his team’s upcoming opponent.

Maurice waved it off.

The Panthers, coming off a stretch of playing five games in eight days with stops in Seattle, Winnipeg, Sunrise and Tampa, were getting a much needed day off on Monday and Maurice did not want his team thinking about the Columbus Blue Jackets or what transpired over the past couple of days.

“I want them to go home and I don’t want them thinking about hockey,’’ said Maurice, whose team has lost its past two games and three of four going into tonight’s game against the Jackets.

“We’ll start off in a couple of days. I don’t want them taking it home.”

The Panthers looked like they was running on empty in the third period against the Lightning on Saturday and did not fill up the tank before being run by the Kraken the following night.

Perhaps having a night off before a week which will see them play twice at home (Columbus and Pittsburgh) before traveling to Newark and Boston.

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The Panthers have lost their past two games and are averaging just over a point per game through their first 29 games after losing to the Kraken on Sunday night.

So what’s going on?

Sasha Barkov says there are no excuses, but the Panthers have been going through some things. This was a tough week and playing three games in four days coming off a five-day road trip would tax many teams.

— The Panthers have been getting a lot of help from the Charlotte Checkers as both Zac Dalpe and Chris Tierney have two goals since coming up.‘

— With the Panthers having Monday off, you can still check out Sunday’s postgame reactions on the FHN YouTube Channel from Maurice, Eric Staal, Sergei Bobrovsky and Matt Kiersted.

Check out all of our FHN videos RIGHT HERE or just click on the videos below and enjoy them when you want to.


It looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins were going to overtime on Monday night against Dallas — but then Evgeni Malkin scored in the final minute to give them a 2-1 win.

— Man, it was a perfect road game for the Dallas Stars up until that.

— The Montreal Canadiens beat the Flames 2-1 but saw Cole Caufield get knocked out.

Jaromir Jagr still has it.

Calgary Flames star Jonathan Huberdeau always enjoys playing at home in Montreal.



  • When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
  • Streaming ONLY: ESPN+/Hulu
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • Season Series (Columbus leads 1-0): Blue Jackets 5, Panthers 3 (Nov. 20)
  • Last season: Florida won 2-1
  • All-time regular season series: Florida leads 19-16-10

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victor bagnato

This season is shot and Im afraid the next 3 yrs are wasted wth no draft picks.Ownership is not patient enough and they rush into bad moves in this ill timed push for the stanley cup.I remember the bad moves with the analytical fiasco (yandle and demeers signings) which set us back 5 yrs.Now we have repeated the same type moves with no draft picks and Weegar and Huby gone and the WRONG COACH.I give up and I have lost interest after another fiasco.


agree 100%

everyone thinks they could be an NHL GM, because it’s so easy


I think Victor’s just saying that without draft capital there’s no avenue for improvement, by giving away all those draft picks we cannot make any deals in order to improve, I’m pretty sure that’s what he’s referring to


Hang in there, Victor, don’t lose heart. We dyed-in-the wool Panther fans are distinguished for our loyalty, dedication, and especially patience. Heck, Ever since October 6, 1993, I could be a case study for pathological perseverance. I resist the temptation To swing the sickle at the low hanging fruit—Paul Maurice alone would fill a bushel basket in a single swipe. I still smart from the blot the Panthers will always have with their shameful treatment of Girard Gallant. The examples are endless. My rose-colored glasses only see black: The day when the Fla Live Arena ice is black with rats,… Read more »


Ha, I’m still pissed at the Stu Barnes trade.

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