The Cats Need Claws: Lack Of Agressive Play Plaguing Florida Panthers

Deric MarkhamCorrespondent INovember 3, 2008

Once again this season, the Florida Panthers lay idling around in doldrums. While not being overly dominated by the competition, the Cats' lack of aggression continue to cost them.

So fart this year, Florida is only averaging 28.7 shots on goals per games. On the other hand, opponents so far this year have launched 33.9 shots against.

Beyond the numbers, the Cats just don't seem to have their hearts into for the whole game. In recent losses to Nashville and Ottawa, Florida led both games heading into the third period. Against Atlanta, who had lost its last six games, the Panthers' soft play in the first period gave the Thrashers a momentum to carry them through the rest of the game.

Overall, rookie coach Peter DeBoer has to be disappointed with the team's effort. The Panther showcase some fine players on both offense and defense. One has to believe that with a little more focus, this team still has a chance to make an impact on the Southeast Division.