Yep, the Panthers are playing decent hockey at the moment, thanks largely to Coach Jacques Martins ability to scare them into not sucking. Last week, Martin called out the team for sloppy play and lackadaisical shooting, prompting critics to believe heads would roll if things didnt turn around. Fortunately, the players responded with a monster win against the Islanders; maybe it was because they knew Martin doesnt make idle threats. The coach is not afraid to ditch star players (remember Roberto Luongo?), and theres serious speculation that the roster will get ripped apart this off-season if the Panthers dont make the playoffs. Well see if anything sticks Thursday night, when the Cats return home to the BankAtlantic Center (1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise) to face division rivals, the Carolina Hurricanes. Tickets start at $17. Call, or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Thu., Dec. 20, 2007