SUNRISE, Fla. -- The upstart Florida Panthers have a chance to make a statement when they play host to the Washington Capitals on Monday night. More importantly, they're looking at a great opportunity to increase their lead atop the Southeast Division.
But for the most part, Panthers players are looking at this as just another in a series of big games.
"I think every game is a big game," center Stephen Weiss said. "We just played three huge games on the road. It's a big game, sure, but they all are right now in the position that we're in. We're looking forward to it."
Weiss has been with the Panthers longer than any other player on the roster, and he finds himself on a first-place team for the first time since he came into the NHL in 2002.
Fact is, Florida hasn't held first place this late in a season since March of 2000.