The Coyotes were routed 6-1 Monday by the Washington Capitals, matching their worst margin of defeat this season. They also lost 6-1 Nov. 30 at Anaheim and 7-2 Jan. 10 at Ottawa.
Shane Doan had Phoenix’s lone goal against Washington, scoring on a first-period power play. The Coyotes were denied their first three-game winning streak since Dec. 3-11 and have lost five of their last seven games overall.
“It’s a pretty low period right now,” Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara said. “We had two fantastic games versus Buffalo and Toronto, and to come down … with that type of performance (against the Capitals) is unexplainable.”
Florida has lost four of its past six games after a season-best three-game win streak to close out 2005.
The Panthers have been idle since a 5-4 overtime loss Saturday to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Florida squandered a two-goal first-period lead, but salvaged a point when Nathan Horton scored with 47 seconds to play in regulation.
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 18 saves but gave up three third-period goals.
“The goalies shouldn’t have been the difference in the game,” Panthers center Joe Nieuwendyk said. “They just chipped away and got back into it.”