The Panthers are done. They said it would be different. But nothing has changed. Once again the Panthers are off to an atrocious start. This time the team can’t score unless they are named Mike Hoffman or Evengii Dadonov. Both will likely be in different colors this time next year. As the defense has steadily improved under Coach Joel Quenneville’s guide and Sergei Bobrovsky and Sam Montembeault are emerging as an elite goalie tandem, the once feared offensive well is dry. Aleksander Barkov, a man who had a career year, whose goals electrified the team, whose shootout goals went viral and were money has been held goalless. Barkov, who is probably nursing an injury has played the worst hockey of his life this season so far. Vincent Trocheck will never be the same again after crashing into the boards in Ottawa. The once fearless, gritty and electrifying 2nd center has become a shell. Henrik Borgstrom, after a great preseason has found his way out of the lineup. Like something out of The Truman Show or Groundhog Day, the curse lives on. The Panthers will never be a legitimate contender. They will never win a playoff round or the Stanley Cup. The core has acclimated to the lazy life of South Florida. They don’t want to win. While Barkov should be able to get going again, once he takes some rest, I don’t think the same can be said for Trocheck. Hopefully, a three day break from the grind will light Barkov up. Barkov played better last night, but his game is still lacking. Vincent Trocheck has lost all of my confidence. That injury has taken away his skills. He has regressed. It’s time to throw Henrik Borgstrom onto that second line role. However, it’s obvious. Jonathan Huberdeau is on the next ride out of town as soon as his contract is up. Barkov will likely leave too. Welcome to Sunrise and enjoy the garbage fest, because we got more coming up. Once again, buckle up and watch a long and disappointing season occur like clockwork. I know this is extreme, but when something does not work, no matter how many times you try it, it won’t work. I have yet to see a game live this season where we won. Guarantee you they win tomorrow while I’m at school.