The Panthers are coming a lot closer to their first win of the season. Last night they went toe to toe with the Ottawa Senators.  The game itself brought a lot of speculation and continued the most common rumor; will Florida be around in the next five years? Last night was more of a well-rounded game than their previous, but the Panther’s biggest problem has been finishing strong. I think many Panther fans would say they’d rather have the team they saw in the Panthers first game of the season that they played against the Bolts than what was on show last night.

With every loss there does come some good. Florida was showing more awareness in the game, unlike the blowout they suffered against the Devils just one day earlier.  Defense was much better; Aaron Ekblad and Willie Mitchell have found their place here on the Panthers defensive line up. Both have played very well, Ekblad getting his first NHL point against the Devils, assisting on McKenzie’s first goal of the season, and as a Panther. Though only being three games into the season, this team is struggling as a whole. In their first game of the new season, as well as their first loss, to Tampa, the team looked to be a gritty, chemistry filled, goal scoring team. Due to terrible officiating and a terrible goal the Panthers went on to fall in that game. Florida needs to get back on track, and win some games. They’re not the laughing stock of the NHL, but very close to it. It was a team that seemed to look good early on in their first game, but they lost the spark they had. This is a team that needs to go back to basics if they want to win. It’s simple as that, well let’s hope it is.