RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Florida Panthers continue their push toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Panthers began the day trailing the Boston Bruins by six points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
With five points in their past three games, Florida has tried to keep pace despite the loss of both NHL goaltenders, Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya, to injuries. Veteran goaltender Dan Ellis has helped the Panthers earn five points in three games since his March 4 recall from the San Antonio Rampage. Ellis, who played for the Hurricanes in 2012-13, doesn't feel any particular pressure shouldering the duties in goal after 36 games in the American Hockey League.
"Hockey is hockey from one league to the next," said Ellis who has played 207 NHL games. "When you play a lot of games, you get a chance to get into a bit of rhythm. I knew the team's playoff position here, but I wasn't going to put the whole team's fate on my back. We win as a team, we lose as a team. I just have to play my best to give them a chance to win."