- The Florida Panthers will be without Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour at the start of the season, posing a challenge for the team.
- Despite the injuries, statistical projections still favor the Panthers to make the playoffs.
- The team's defensive depth will be tested, and the performance of other players will be crucial in overcoming the absence of Ekblad and Montour.
The Florida Panthers face a challenging start to the season as they will be without key defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour. With injuries at the top of their defensive depth chart, the Panthers will have to rely on their strong forward lineup to compensate. The team still projects to make the playoffs, but their point projection and playoff chances are slightly lower without Ekblad and Montour. While injuries can be overcome in hockey, the Panthers will need players to step up and fill the gaps on the blue line to maintain their success.