Florida Panthers Climbing out of the Cellar

Aaron BrenkerCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2008

About two weeks ago, the Florida Panthers were in the cellar of the Eastern Conference. Players were not scoring and worst off, key forwards like Cory Stillman, Nathan Horton, and Richard Zednik caught the injury bug. But the Panthers have managed a complete turnaround.

It all started on a paramount home-stand for the Panthers, as they played the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, and the New York Rangers. The Panthers came away with four out of a possible six points, and now they've taken their solid play to the road.

The injuries to the Panthers' top forwards have also brought out the best in the Panthers less known forwards. Ville Peltonen, Radek Dvorak, and Gregory Campbell have all stepped up, and are bringing tons of productivity to the Panthers' offense.

The Panthers now find themselves tied for the eighth spot in the playoff race with the Buffalo Sabres, and will finish their Canadian trek against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Panthers are continuing to rack up points, and are starting to make believers out of many Cats fans. They are also back in talks with disgruntled defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. 

Time will tell if the Panthers can keep up their solid play, but Cats' fans are really getting a glimpse at some of the best Panthers' hockey in years.