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2013 Panthers Preview: Dead Cat Bounce?

Casey Fratkin

Casey Fratkin

Casey Fratkin writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

While the divisional overhaul in the NHL this year will be kind to some teams (Detroit, Winnipeg, and Columbus being the main benefactors), the same cannot be said for the Panthers. Coming off a disappointing 2012-13 in which they finished dead last in the NHL, Cats fans should not expect things to get much better in the immediate future. If someone is willing to take the bet, put money on the Panthers missing the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons.

The days where Panthers fans could hope for their team to take advantage of a perennially weak Southeast Division (though they rarely did) are over. The Southeast Division is extinct and Florida is now a member of the new eight-team Atlantic Division, where they will have the pleasure of beginning new divisional "rivalries" with ho-hum teams like Detroit, Boston, Ottawa, and Montreal.

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