They say defense wins championships, but if you can’t score goals, you won’t even get to the promise land.
On Thursday night, the Florida Panthers dropped their third straight contest, falling to the hands of the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 1-0. Clearly if you enjoy watching high-scoring affairs, you were probably bored during this one.
Though, if you consistently watch the Panthers, you may have been bored for most of the season.
Goal scoring (or lack of it) continues to be a major issue for Florida. They were shutout in this contest, despite peppering goaltender Carey Price with 26 shots. Granted, Price was on his game, as he has been all season long. Florida currently ranks 25th in scoring, averaging just 2.23 goals per contest. They have only scored five goals over their past three games and all five of their goals came in their matchup against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
Injuries to the offense have clearly hurt this team. Stephen Weiss missed some time toward the beginning of the season with a lower body injury. Kris Versteeg (groin) also was sidelined to start 2013, and has now recently been listed as day-to-day with an injury to his back.
The bottom line is that if this team wants to get back to the time where they won the Southeast Division (scratches head), other players will have to step up and provide some more offensive upside to a sinking ship. Guys like Peter Mueller and rising rookie Jonathan Huberdeau have shown flashes of promise, but have remained too inconsistent for this team to go far. Maybe a trade needs to happen, signing, anything.
One thing is for certain, however. This team lacks that spark, that wow-factor on offense.