The Cats fell last night to last season's President's Trophy winners, the Washington Capitals, by a score of 4-2. But the game wasn't without its positive notes, starting with some more history for Jaromir Jagr.
JAGR MAKES HISTORY
Video: WSH@FLA: Jagr nets PPG for 750th of career
Jagr took a pass in the slot and fired it past Braden Holtby for his 750th career goal - and the first powerplay goal for the Panthers this season - during the second period of last night's game.
Sure, 750 is a nice (and astronomically large) round number, but the real significance is in just who in the league has reached that mark. Aside from Jagr, the only other two are Gordie Howe (801) and The Great One, Wayne Gretzky (894).
So, congratulations are in order for Jagr.
Many pundits pegged the Panthers as a top-10 team in the NHL this season, but the Cats climbed up in another ranking today.
ESPN's Ultimate Standings dropped today - an annual ranking of all 122 North American sports franchises across the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL - and for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers cracked the top ten.
That's right - after checking in at 48th last season (and 102 in 2014), the Cats checked in at seventh on the list.
The team scored exemplary marks in categories like affordability (sixth), bang for the buck (third), fan relations (ninth) and ownership (25th), while showing growth in categories like coaching (74th last year, 36th this year) and title track (94th to 52nd).
The Panthers also jumped up to third among NHL teams, checking in one spot behind the Nashville Predators (sixth overall) and their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who took the list's top spot among all teams.
Click here to see the full list, or here to see ESPN's writeup on their Florida Panthers ranking.