SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers are heading back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The idle Panthers clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday night thanks to a pair of games on the out-of-town scoreboard.
Pittsburgh lost at home to Chicago and Buffalo was defeated in New Jersey, making it mathematically impossible for either team to overtake Florida in the standings.
For the Panthers, it’s a franchise-record fourth straight season in the playoffs.
The team won’t know until later this week who they will face in round one.
It will either be the Atlantic Division winner, the Boston Bruins, or the winner of the Metropolitan Division, which will be either Carolina or New Jersey.