The Florida Panthers held a 30-minute practice at Scotiabank Place on Friday afternoon, in preparation for their game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Head Coach Peter DeBoer felt that Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak had little problem seeing the puck in the Panthers 2-0 loss to the Canadiens on Thursday, so the club’s practice focused on getting screens in front of the net.
“Our battle level was there last night, but their goalie had too easy time seeing the puck," said DeBoer following the practice. "We have to get more bodies in front of the net and make it a little harder for the opposing goalie."
Despite the outcome from last night, DeBoer remains upbeat.
“No one is hanging their heads in our locker room,” said DeBoer. “There is a lot of hockey left to play and the standing our so tight. Tomas has played great for us and we are just a winning streak away from getting back into the playoff mix and hopefully it starts tomorrow night.”
Notes: The Panthers complete their three-game Canada road trip tomorrow night in Ottawa….The two clubs last met in South Florida on Oct. 28 with Ottawa edging Florida 4-3…After tomorrow night’s game the Panthers return home for a contest against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Jan. 13.