With the NHL offseason almost halfway through, it's time to start getting excited about hockey returning to South Florida. On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers announced their 2019-20 regular season schedule, and as usual there are some dates that fans should have circled on their calendars as must-attend games.
Here are six games at BB&T Center that fans should be looking forward to this season…
October 5 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Cats kick-off their home slate of games when they welcome their intra-state rival to BB&T Center for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Just two days prior, the Panthers will open their 2019-20 season at Amalie Arena, so emotions will still be running high when these two meet to complete the season-opening home-and-home matchup.
Tampa is returning most of their high-offense lineup from last season, as are the Cats. Join us and help celebrate the start of a new season in Sunrise by watching these two teams battle for crucial points early on.
This is the first home game for Coach Q, so come out and support the new man behind the bench!
Plus, enter HERE for a chance to win two glass seats to the home opener & a prospect-signed 2019 NHL Draft item!
November 16 vs. New York Rangers
After squaring off at Madison Square Garden, the Cats will take on Henrik Lundqvist, Mika Zibanejad and co. a week later at BB&T Center. It will be the first of two visits the Broadway Blueshirts will make to South Florida, with the second not taking place until the end of March.
Cats captain Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau will look to their magic against this Original Six squad, so escape the heat to watch the two franchise stars lead the Cats to victory.
December 14 vs. Boston Bruins
The Cats always play the Bruins tough, and this Atlantic Division showdown should be no different. Situated during a season-long nine-game homestand, this tilt against a Boston squad that went to the Stanley Cup Final last season should bring the fans out in droves to BB&T Center.
With the likes of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak leading the big, bad Bruins, look to Frank Vatrano to lead the way for the Cats, who loves potting goals against his former team.
February 29 vs. Chicago Blackhawks
While it won't be the first time the Panthers square off against the Blackhawks this season, this matchup still proves an exciting storyline with Joel Quenneville taking on his former club, except this time it's in his own barn.
Chicago provides exciting players to watch in Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat, so be on the lookout for Evgenii Dadonov and Henrik Borgstrom to round out the offense for the Cats in what could very well be a high-scoring affair.
March 14 vs. New Jersey Devils
Fans who want to see some exciting hockey, look no further than this game. The Devils already boasted a talented lineup led by former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall. But after adding Jack Hughes, the number one pick at the 2019 NHL Draft, and P.K. Subban, their lineup has some extra potency.
With the Devils possibly sending out two top lines anchored by former number 1 draft pick Nico Hischier and Hughes, the Cats will look to counter with their own 1-2 punch of Barkov and Vincent Trocheck down the middle.
This marks New Jersey's only trip to South Florida this season, so if you want a glimpse of these star players, don't forget to snag tickets when you can!
March 21 vs. St. Louis
Blues What better way to prove you're the best than by beating the best?
The reigning Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues will make their one-and-only trek to BB&T Center late in the season, and it could be a time for the Cats to pick up some important points.
With the big and physical defense of the Blues, led by captain Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko, look to the Cats own blueliners of Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson to counter with some slick skill to propel the Cats to a win.
Fans can complete the form HERE to secure a spot on the single game ticket priority list and be the first to know when single game tickets for the 2019-20 season become available.
We can't wait to see you at BB&T Center this season!