The Florida Panthers will host the New Jersey Devils at BankAtlantic Center on Sunday night. The Devils took 26 shots in the 1st period and they scored 3 goals. The Panthers kept the game close by scoring 2 in the 2nd period. But there would be no scoring in the 3rd period and the Devils would hang on to win by a score of 3-2. Jose Theodore stopped 35 on 38 shots while Martin Brodeur stopped 24 of 26 shots. The Panthers are still looking for their 1st playoff win since 1997. The last time they made the playoffs was in 2000. If the Panthers want to win Game 2, they have to score more goals on Brodeur in Game 2 and they also have to stop Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. This game is a must-win for the Panthers because they don’t want to go down 2-0 heading back to New Jersey. If the Panthers lose tonight, I think they’ll get swept by the Devils. Despite the Panthers having home-ice advantage, they’re the underdog in this series. The Devils have 102 points while the Panthers have 94 points. In my opinion, it’s like the Panthers are the 7th seed and the Devils are the 2nd seed. For my prediction, I think the Devils will go to New Jersey with a 2-0 series lead by beating the Panthers 4-1.