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Panthers, Predators will open NHL preseason with a Monday doubleheader

Sunday, 09.18.2011 / 4:38 PM / News

The Canadian Press

SUNRISE, Fla. - Thanks to the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, doubleheaders aren't just for baseball anymore.

That's right — two hockey teams, two games, one day.

Looking to generate some buzz as hockey's preseason opens, the Panthers will host the Predators on Monday in what's believed to be a first-of-its-kind event for the NHL. There has been instances of teams playing twinbills on the same day at things like rookie camps, for example, but a true doubleheader at hockey's top level is believed to have never been done before.

Let's skate two, anyone?

"Not sure if it's a one-tie or two-tie day ... probably a two-shirt day," new Panthers coach Kevin Dineen told reporters on Sunday.

It'll be a long day, for sure.

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