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FHN Today: Pittsburgh Penguins Put Pedal Down for Playoff Spot

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The Pittsburgh Penguins had quite a weekend.

Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice says of the teams battling for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the one which goes on a heater will be the one to make it.

It certainly looks like the Penguins are going to be one of the Elite Eight in the East especially after this weekend.

Pittsburgh swept its back-to-back set against the Flyers and Rangers, winning the latter in overtime when Kris Letang scored at 1:38.

The Penguins have won seven of their past nine going 7-1-1 during that span as they have taken control of the first wild card spot in the East.

Pittsburgh leads the New York Islanders by two points with one game in hand on the Panthers.

Florida is three points back of New York for that final wild card spot with a game in hand on the Islanders.

Washington, Ottawa, Buffalo and Detroit are also still in the running for one of those final spots.

Speaking of the weekend, the Senators did themselves no favors by losing back-to-back games in Vancouver and Calgary.

Florida and Ottawa still have two games left against each other.

FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW

Ryan Lomberg has been a mainstay in the Florida Panthers’ lineup ever since his big fight at center ice with Kole Sherwood of the Blue Jackets back in 2021.

Now, Lomberg is finding more opportunity and responsibility with the Panthers — and he says he “does not want to slip back.’’

It appears Lomberg has certainly found himself a home in South Florida with the Panthers.

NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW

The Detroit Red Wings won the home version of their back-to-back with the Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Tyler Bertuzzi made his return to Detroit and admitted it was odd “walking to the other side.”

PANTHERS ON DECK

MONTREAL CANADIENS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS

  • When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • Last season: Florida won 3-1
  • This season (Florida leads 2-0): Panthers 7, Canadiens 2 (Dec. 29); Panthers 6, Canadiens 2 (Jan. 19)
  • All-time regular season series: Florida leads 53-38-11, 6 ties
  • Up Next for the Panthers: New Jersey Devils at Florida, Saturday, 5 p.m.

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