The Florida Panthers are looking to win the Atlantic Division for the first time since 2011-12, and that success has attracted fans throughout the season, including actual Florida panthers.
There were several encounters this week involving Florida residents and panthers, which has become increasingly rare. The first came Tuesday when Tina Dorschel encountered one on a walk through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and the second when Phil Hendra spotted one on the porch of his father's house in Fort Myers, Fla.
The Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning were tied for first place in the division with 93 points entering Thursday. Florida hosted the New Jersey Devils at BB&T Center.