Tonight in D.C., your Florida Panthers take on the team that is currently the “lead horse” in the whole Eastern Conference – the Washington Capitals. Led by electric forward Alex Ovechkin, the Caps have won eight straight and are scoring goals at an alarming rate.
For your Panthers it represents an opportunity to take another crack at one of the league’s best, and also to continue the recent streak of hot play that now sees us tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Led by goalie Tomas Vokoun and seemingly a different scoring hero every night, the Panthers are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, including a 2-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday and a 2-0 victory over Toronto on Saturday.
All told, Vokoun has allowed a paltry three goals in his last five games including two home shutouts, while head coach Pete DeBoer has seen great contributions from different sources including Shawn Matthias
, Gregory Campbell, Kenndal McArdle and others.
Tonight in Washington, Vokoun and the unsung but streaking Cats have another chance to write a new chapter in their recent run up the standings. It should be an exciting one, so make sure to tune in live to Fox Sports Florida or 790 the Ticket for a 7 p.m. puck drop.
After tonight’s game, the Panthers are back in action at home in a huge matchup with fellow playoff contender the New York Islanders at 4 p.m. on Sunday, as part of a packed weekend that will also see the return of Mixed Martial Arts to the BankAtlantic Center.
On Saturday night Rockstar Strikeforce MMA will bring an incredible fight card to Sunrise including female star Cris Cyborg, and former NFL and UGa superstar Herschel Walker in his MMA debut.
Strikeforce is just another example of the wide array of events that we can successfully host here at the BankAtlantic Center, and the schedule only gets better over the next few months with more huge events such as Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi and more.
With the Pro Bowl in town this weekend, and the Super Bowl just nine days away, the BankAtlantic Center will remain a hub of sports and entertainment for South Floridians and visitors alike.
Altogether, we will host five events in the seven days leading up to the big Colts-Saints matchup including three Panthers hockey games, the John Mayer concert on Thursday, Feb. 4 and the Dane Cook comedy show on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Even with the NFL taking over South Florida for the next week-plus, no venue will be busier between now and Super Bowl Sunday than the “Center of it All.”
Thanks for reading and go Panthers.