| Dec 11, 2014
| 4:27 PM
— Although the Panthers' 4-2 loss to the Blues still stung three days later, a few players on Thursday were chuckling how they somehow survived a two-man, 1:54 disadvantage with basically two players with sticks when Derek MacKenzie broke his...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 6:19 PM
— The surging Panthers may have played their worst defensive period of the season in a wild, six-goal second frame, but the two main blue-line culprits did more than atone for their gaffes.
The team's top defensive tandem of Dmitry Kulikov and...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 4:09 PM
— While the hockey world has been abuzz over the return of Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver for the first time since last March's stunning trade, defenseman Willie Mitchell is enjoying a more relaxed homecoming.
Mitchell, who was born...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 2:10 PM
— When Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told Willie Mitchell that there was no salary-cap room to resign him a few days after he had hoisted his second Stanley Cup in three seasons, it rocked the veteran defenseman's world.
| Nov 17, 2014
| 5:05 PM
Willie Mitchell returns to Staples Center on Tuesday to play for the first time since the Stanley Cup Final, and the Kings have some festivities planned to mark the occasion.
A team official said Mitchell, who signed a two-year contract with the Florida...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 2:24 PM
— Defenseman Willie Mitchell isn't the only former member of the Kings organization who returned to the Staples Center for the first time Tuesday since parting ways last summer.
Panthers defensive coach Mark Morris spent eight seasons as the...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 11:07 PM
Panthers top-four defenseman Dmitry Kulikov will return to the lineup Thursday after missing the last four games with a minor knee injury.
Kulikov, who by all accounts was playing the best two-way hockey of his five-year career before he banged his...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 7:34 PM
Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant experienced the growing pains of expansion in his first tour as an NHL head coach for the Blue Jackets.
He likely never endured a loss as disappointing as Monday in his first trip back to Nationwide Arena as a...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 2:13 PM
— With much of the preseason conversation revolving around the Panthers' baby-faced corps of talented defensemen throughout their organization such as teenage rookie Aaron Ekblad, it's easy to forget that six-year NHL veteran Dmitry Kulikov is still...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 2:22 PM
Statistics in professional sports can often help coaches and players figure out how, why and when they won or lost the game.
Statistical trends could be a players' best friend or worst enemy, causing them to press when slumping or be ridiculed for the...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 7:44 PM
While most first-round draft picks are sweating out the nine-game grace period during which general managers have to decide whether to return them to juniors or burn a year off their entry-level contract by keeping them on the NHL roster, it's clearly a...