Florida's other NHL team was actually the first team from Florida to play in a Stanley Cup final. While the Tampa Bay Lightning get most of the attention, the Florida Panthers reached the 1996 Cup final in just their third season as an NHL franchise. A young team that is growing together, the Panthers have endured their ups and downs since that magical run, but the educational curve with this team is proving to be one that they are ascending quickly and Florida is clearly a team to watch for on the horizon of NHL contenders.
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The Florida Panthers scores and game schedule are right here, and with such a young, exciting team, the Panthers can be a real wild card in terms of wagering. Some nights they might be overmatched but when they are on, there's no team that Florida can't beat.
Florida Panthers Standings Right Now
The Florida Panthers up to date standings are listed below. The 2015-16 NHL season saw the Panthers produce a 100-point campaign for the first time in franchise history.
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When they talk about the rat patrol at Florida Panthers games, it has nothing to do with a 1960s television series about A World War II unit stationed in North Africa. Florida's rat patrol was initiated by Scott Mellanby, a forward on the Panthers' 1995-96 Stanley Cup finalist club.
Prior to a game that season, Mellanby killed a rat in the team's dressing room with his hockey stick. Using the same stick in the game, Mellanby recorded a two-goal effort, and afterward, Florida goalie John Vanbiesbrouck dubbed his performance a rat trick.
At the next home game, an excited fan tossed a plastic rat on the ice after a Panthers goal. The appearance of the rats on the ice grew with each game until by the time the Panthers were on their playoff run, hundreds of the plastic rats would rain down following every Florida tally, creating a tradition that continues today.
Another curiosity about the rat tradition - 1996, the year of Florida's only Stanley Cup final appearance, was the year of the rat on the Chinese Zodiac calendar.