And now, we wait.
The Panthers on Saturday routed the dreadful Los Angeles Kings 6-1. The Kings have lost 7 straight games and have the worst document in the Western Meeting, so the outcome was not sudden.
But the NHL trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m., and it continues to be to be noticed if Panthers GM Dale Tallon will be a seller, a consumer, make no specials at all or just some lateral moves.
Middle Derick Brassard was held out of Saturday’s match, which could mean the Panthers are shut to trading him. There have also been rumors that the Panthers could trade standouts this sort of as Jonathan Huberdeau and/or Mike Hoffman.
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When we wait out the deadline, listed here are four takeaways about the Panthers, all of them in the kind of a query:
1: How did the Panthers do on this extend of 12 property games in a span of 13 all round contests? The Panthers went 7-5-, which definitely was not very good ample taking into consideration their place in the standings.
Two games stand out as ones the Panthers could have won, and that includes Thursday’s 4-3 loss to Carolina. The Panthers led 3-2 heading into the third time period.
The other terrible loss came on Feb. 5 as the Panthers once more blew a third-time period direct. They were being up 2-, but St. Louis rallied to win 3-2.
Had the Panthers held on in each of those people games, this would have been a 9-3- property extend, and those people points would’ve served immensely.
In the meantime, other groups have manufactured important recent moves. Considering that Jan. 1 and entering this weekend, St. Louis (17-5-1), Carolina (16-6-1), the Islanders (14-5-3) and Philadelphia (13-7-2) have all been on scorching streaks.
The Panthers have not been as fortunate.
2: The Panthers were being eager on receiving goalie Roberto Luongo his milestone win, correct? Uh, not definitely. Luongo acquired profession win No. 484 against the Kings on Saturday, tying him with Ed Belfour for third place on the NHL’s profession listing.
“I didn’t even know until eventually after the match,” Panthers mentor Bob Boughner stated when requested about the milestone.
Luongo included: “I’m not just one for milestones, but it’s wonderful to get those people recognitions.”
Luongo, who was on the bereavement listing very last week after he experienced a demise in the family members, had been out of the lineup for 11 days as James Reimer went 3-1- in his place.
“He was off for a handful of days, but he appeared quite quiet,” Boughner stated of Luongo. “He just retains racking up those people milestones. It is wonderful to be a part of it, and it could not take place to a nicer person.”
3: Who’s on the greatest scorching streak? That would the captain, centre Aleksander Barkov, who has 6 plans and five helps in his previous four games. For the season, he has 25 plans and sales opportunities the Panthers with 64 points in 60 games.
He desires four far more plans to go his profession document of 28 set in 2015-2016, and he’s also in line to win honors as the NHL’s top rated defensive forward.
4: Can the Panthers make the playoffs? They have a great deal of do the job to do as they have just 62 points. Coming into Sunday, they are 10 points out of the final wild-card place, and they have to defeat out four groups in advance of them in the standings: Philadelphia, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Carolina.
Within their own Atlantic Division, there are four groups currently in playoff situation: Tampa Bay, which is on a document speed that is probable to receive the franchise its very first President’s Trophy as the NHL’s top rated group in the typical season, Boston, Toronto and Montreal.
In the Metropolitan Division, two groups currently in playoff situation — Washington Capitals (Carl Hagelin and Nick Jensen) and Columbus (Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel and their merged 50 plans this season) — have been aggressive getting expertise top up to the deadline.
Which once more begs the query as to what the Panthers will do in advance of Monday’s deadline. Will they shift up, down or sideways?