OK, truth is, the Panthers have showed improvement and have showed they can be pretty good. Consistency is still a problem, but overall, this was a pretty good season.
And while the Panthers won't be in the chase for Lord Stanley's Cup again this year, they feel they are pretty close and next year -- no, seriously this time -- will be their year.
The countdown is on, as you know, with five games remaining on the schedule. Today marked the final pregame skate of the season at CorporateSponsorship Arena in south Tamarac, and tonight's game against the Caps is Florida's final night home game of the season. The Panthers play host to Carolina Sunday at 5 p.m. in the home finale.