NEWARK NJ - FEBRUARY 04: Keaton Ellerby #4 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Dainius Zubrus #8 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 4 2011 in Newark New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Despite holding the higher seed and a division title, there's no doubt that the Florida Panthers are considered underdogs to the New Jersey Devils in Round 1 of the 2012 NHL playoffs.
It took them several attempts, but on the final day of the regular season, the Florida Panthers were able to say that they're Southeast Division champions. Even still, the perception that they backed into that title and aren't worthy of the No. 3 seed holds strong, and they'll no doubt be considered an underdog against the New Jersey Devils when the 2012 NHL playoff series between the two clubs gets underway Friday evening.
Here's the full series schedule:
|Friday, April 13||7 p.m.||New Jersey at Florida||NHL Network, TSN|
|Sunday, April 15||7:30 p.m.||New Jersey at Florida||NBC Sports Network, TSN|
|Tuesday, April 17||7 p.m.||Florida at New Jersey||NHL Network, TSN|
|Thursday, April 19||7 p.m.||Florida at New Jersey||NHL Network, TSN|
|*Saturday, April 21||6:30 p.m.||New Jersey at Florida||NHL Network, TSN|
|*Tuesday, April 24||TBD||Florida at New Jersey||TBD|
|*Thursday, April 26||TBD||New Jersey at Florida||TBD|