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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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They said, 'You're going to love the city. It's smaller than Philadelphia, but you're going to love it. You're going to love the fans. Just watching the playoffs last year, the fans seemed louder there than they did anywhere. I'm really excited about that.

— Forward Scott Hartnell on his upcoming season with the Columbus Blue Jackets