The Florida Panthers added Thomas Vanek from the Detroit Red Wings at the trade deadline, hoping to bolster a playoff push, but it's been intriguing to watch the Panthers lately because they've struggled so very mightily, losing 7 of their past 8 games.
Florida dropped a 7-4 decision to the Minnesota Wild last night, and they addressed their loss in conversations with the Miami Herald's George Richards:
There was a lot to like for the Florida Panthers on Friday night, although there was plenty of concern as well. Despite taking the lead in the third, Florida’s defensive deficiencies led to yet another loss as the Minnesota Wild escaped Sunrise with a 7-4 victory.
Florida’s losses are piling up like firewood, and the Panthers’ playoff hopes might just be cooked. The Panthers have lost seven of their past eight, including a seven-game run at home in which Florida got just a lackluster shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“It was a good battle, but they got seven [goals] on us so that’s terrible. There’s not much to say,” Jonathan Marchessault said. Our whole season, right now, has been a disappointment. ... At this point of the year, time is limited. We have less games; we need to turn this boat around.”
Richards continues, noting that the Panthers play the Lightning this evening...