A large group of scouts from Western Conference teams took in Tuesday night's game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. They weren't there to watch the Lightning.
No, they were there to look at Florida's players just in case general manager Dale Tallon decides to start a good, old-fashioned house cleaning. They might not have to wait long.
The Panthers, currently the NHL's worst team, lost their fifth in a row Tuesday as the Lightning took a 5-2 victory.
"This is obviously embarrassing, losing five straight," defenseman Filip Kuba said. "But it's not the right time to put our heads down and feel sorry for ourselves. We have another game, 40-something more left."
Florida (1-5-0) has dropped five in a row in regulation since beating Carolina in its opener on Jan.?19 and its two points in the standings are fewest among the NHL's 30 teams.
In a related statistical note, the Panthers are tied for last in the league by scoring 10 goals — all while surrendering a league-high 24.
Florida Panthers fall to Lightning; losing streak reaches five games
Miami Herald | Jan 30