The Boston Bruins are slipping, while the NHL’s hottest team continues to gain ground on them for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Dan Ellis made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Brandon Pirri scored in the second period to lead the Florida Panthers to a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
The Miami Heat are looking to finish their season strongly and enter the NBA Playoffs as a team that has a chance to make a run at a fifth straight Finals appearance.
Russell Westbrook scored 41 points, one shy of the NBA All-Star Game record, and the Western Conference beat the East 163-158 on Sunday night.
New Jersey started rookie Keith Kinkaid who stopped 26 shots and nearly had a shutout as the Devils beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Saturday night.
The Florida Panthers have a long-term plan with a very a bright future. But even with a plethora of draft picks and young talent, that future might already be materializing.
Pat Riley stood along a wall in what the Miami Heat call “Championship Alley,” the hallway that links the team’s locker room and the court inside AmericanAirlines Arena.
Following the NHL’s holiday break, the Florida Panthers will look to resume the winning ways that the team has enjoyed during the first couple months of the season.
Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are playing at a high level without LeBron James, though the Miami Heat are still searching for some consistency on offense.
Wednesday night’s game between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers will have a different feel then games between the two teams have had in recent years.