from George Richards of the Miami Herald, The Panthers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2000, a postseason drought that could tie an NHL record if the team fails to advance once more this season. Some might think that pressure weighs heavily on the players and coaches. For others? “Listen, we have nothing to lose here,’’ defenseman Keith Ballard said. “No one expects us to be in the playoffs because we haven’t been in the playoffs in forever. I haven’t been there, a lot of guys in this room haven’t been there. Let’s just leave it out there. We don’t need to be in the playoffs today or tomorrow. We just need to be there after Game 82.” Coach Pete DeBoer said the current crop of Panthers shouldn’t have to be completely linked to the failures of the past. continued

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