The Florida Panthers are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, but will face tough competition as they look to extend a five-game win streak.
During this current streak, Florida has played exceptionally well against multiple winning clubs. The last four wins of the streak have all come on the road as well, to give Florida a record of 7-4-2 away from Sunrise.
In order to keep the streak alive, the Panthers will need to continue to play well on the road. Only two of their next seven games will take place at BB&T Center, before a long home stand gets underway. Thus far on the year, Florida's road record is fifth best in the conference and tenth overall in the NHL.
After traveling to New Jersey to take on the Devils on Sunday, the Panthers will host the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals. The Devils sit behind the Panthers currently, but the Senators and Capitals both have more points. Washington not only has the second most points in the league, but has played very well on the road.
If Florida can manage to keep its streak alive through those three contests, it will be tested in Boston, New York and New Jersey once again. The Boston Bruins are one point behind Florida as of Saturday, and could leapfrog the Panthers before that game takes place. The New York Islanders have done well at their new home in Brooklyn. This will be Florida's first game at Barclays Center this year where New York is 10-4-2.
At some point, Florida's streak will come to an end. By stringing together these five wins, the Panthers have opened many eyes and have moved into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Their 30 points has them tied for seventh and right in the thick of the things.
Florida's game in New Jersey will begin on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.