Panthers fans have to be impressed with the team’s recent play. Florida is 4-1-1 in its last six games to vault back into eighth place in the Eastern Conference, and just three points out of fifth. The Panthers continue to get stellar performances from their best players, including leading scorers Nathan Horton (11-24-35) and Stephen Weiss
(17-16-33), second year forward Michael Frolik (10-10-20), All-Star goalie Tomas Vokoun (.923 save percentage) and defensemen Bryan McCabe (5-14-19) and Dennis Seidenberg (averaging over 22 minutes of ice time).
That said, the upcoming stretch of games is crucial, with a visit to Madison Square Garden to play the Rangers on Wednesday, before taking on the Bruins at home during a Family Fun Sunday at the BankAtlantic Center. Hopefully our Panthers can continue their strong play through the New Year, and put themselves in position for a strong second half run.
As many in the media have surmised, with 10 teams within eight points of each other in the Eastern Conference, the playoff race is going to be wide open.
Meanwhile, with the Panthers on the road, the BankAtlantic Center stayed busy with the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on Saturday. For fans that were there, they saw a stellar performance from Miami, who ran past FAU, 87-69, and an upset win by Richmond, 56-53 over the Florida Gators.
Also over the weekend, tickets went on sale for the Eric Clapton concert on March 11. Good seats are still available, but they are going fast. In addition, tickets are still available for the Panthers-Bruins game on Sunday, as well as a visit from the Montreal Canadiens on New Year’s Eve. Both are 5 p.m. starts and fans can call 954.835.PUCK for tickets or more info.
The Center of it All will continue to be busy, even during the holidays, with two hockey games and four performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular between now and New Year’s Day.
The Holiday spirit is in full effect in South Florida, and even the weather is cooperating. Although I have to admit, while the temperature is in the 50s today in Broward County, I am content to spend the next few days on the tropical island of St. John with my family, as well as Executive Vice President Pedro Goncalves and his family.
But that won’t stop me from finding a place to watch tonight’s Panthers-Flyers game, as our Cats hope to continue their recent climb up the standings. Until next time, have a wonderful week, a happy holiday, and go Panthers.