Olli Jokinen of the Florida Panthers wants teams to be afraid to come into South Florida for hockey games.
''You want to create an atmosphere where people have a little fear to come to South Florida,'' said captain Olli Jokinen, who has scored 17 of his 26 points at home. ``We've been good at home the last couple of years. We just need to make sure teams stay on Fort Lauderdale beach or South Beach whenever they come here. We have to make sure they're out doing stuff before the games.''
Now that the cocaine wars of the 80's are over, Miami seems to be a pretty sedate place nowadays, where the only thing to fear is a hanging chad and the fact that Jeb Bush is still running the state.
Only three teams have fewer points than Florida's 25 and they are a game above .500 at home. Yet they're only 3 points behind the Leafs for the final playoff spot in the East. They're the very definition of a bubble team right now.
They've lost two games in a row and Ottawa has beaten them the last 5 times they played.
But the way things are going in Ottawa, don't bet the house on either side.