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Florida Panthers Finally Return Home, Seek Consistency

Alex Donno
November 08, 2018 - 12:44 pm

It's been 19 days since the Florida Panthers played a home game. A loss to the Red Wings back on October 20th was the last time the Cats skated at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. 

Since then, trips to New York, New Jersey and Finland have found the Panthers collecting uneven results with 2 wins and 3 defeats. 

While the Panthers have played 4 fewer games than most teams in their division, they find themselves in the cellar of the Atlantic with just 9 points on a 3-5-3 record. 

The time for a positive run is now. The Cats must find consistency on home ice to avoid falling in too deep of an early season hole. 

These next 3 games are crucial, and here's why: Florida enters a 3 game home stand with the Oilers tonight, the Islanders on Saturday and the Senators on Sunday. After that, they play 6 straight on the road. That's right, the early-season schedule gods have not been kind. 

Here's the good news. Actually, it's great news. Roberto Luongo is back. The future hall of famer returned in Florida's second game in Finland against the Jets, leading his team to a 4-2 win. Bobby Lu should add the stability Florida has lacked in net, ever since he got injured in the season opener. 

The Panthers host the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 7:00 from the BB&T Center. You can listen to the game live on 560 WQAM.