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Big Game: Cats Host Atlanta on Saturday Night

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

BankAtlantic Center attendance up over 1,200 per game in February and March; Panthers looking for big crowd against Thrashers

SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the Florida Panthers announced today that attendance for Cats home games at the BankAtlantic Center has increased by over 1,200 fans per game from January to February and early March.

Over 120,000 fans have watched a Panthers game live since Feb. 1, with an average of 15,321 guests per game including three crowds of over 17,000.

Heading into the biggest home game of the year on Saturday against Southeast Division rival Atlanta, the Cats are looking for yet another big, emotional crowd at the BankAtlantic Center to support their stretch run.

"We have played well at home all season and a lot of that has to do with the great support we get from our fans," Cats Captain Olli Jokinen said. "We are still in the playoff hunt and we need a huge win in front of a huge crowd on Saturday."

Currently, the Cats sit just four points out of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot, with 14 games remaining in the regular season. Of those 14, the Cats will play eight games at the BankAtlantic Center, where they are 5-0-1 in their last six and 19-10-4 on the year. Florida has been led recently by the red hot play of the Nathan Horton-Stephen Weiss-Martin Gelinas line.

The trio has combined for 14 goals and 17 assists over the Cats last 12 games, with youngsters Horton and Weiss tallying 13 goals during that span. On the defensive end, goalie Ed Belfour is 6-2-2 over his last 10 games and has made 19 consecutive starts.

Every point counts and every Panthers fan can make a difference. Tickets can still be purchased for Saturday's thrilling match-up by calling 954-835-PUCK. Don't miss out on this playoff-type atmosphere and support your Panthers down the stretch.
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