Florida Panthers in panic mode after fourth straight loss

It is rare to hear a team publicly admit it’s time to panic, acknowledging that their season is spiraling out of control.

Yet this is where the Panthers find themselves after a humiliating 7-1 home loss to the Flyers on Saturday night.

“You have to panic right now,” winger Tomas Fleischmann said quietly. “We have to bring everything we have. It’s a short season. We have to panic right now.”

The Panthers are most definitely sweating after losing their fourth consecutive game just five games into the season.

For all the talk of how Florida needed to get off to a hot start in this truncated 48-game schedule, 2013 could hardly have gotten off to a worse start.

“The time is short here, and we’re obviously not taking advantage of it,” said coach Kevin Dineen, whose team is off to its worst start in four seasons. “This will be a miserable couple of days for us. This is on our scorecard now. We have to deal with it.”

In 82 games last year, the Panthers didn’t lost four in a row without picking up at least a single point.