When the Panthers broke training camp in October most NHL analysts picked them to repeat as bottomfeeders of the Eastern Conference partly because they would be depending on veteran goalie Jose Theodore coming off a shaky season and backup Scott Clemmensen instead of a consistent Tomas Vokoun.

Well, six months later Theodore, Clemmensen and projected goalie of the future Jacob Markstrom silenced those detractors as the Panthers rode their goaltending to their first division championship while snapping their NHL-record 10-season playoff drought.