Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment presented by Community Coffee in which we get you caffeinated with an exciting look at the week ahead for the Florida Panthers.
As the second week of training camp begins, the Florida Panthers are finally ready to put head coach Bob Boughner's new system to the test, starting with an intrasquad scrimmage at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs on Monday.
"Now you're going to be able to see who's thinking when they're out there," Boughner said of his team's first taste of in-game action. "You're going to see who paid attention and who bought in the past few days; who's going to apply those systems that we've practice into the games. That's the good part about it. You'll see a lot of that. It'll come together quick. That' what training camp is for."
Monday's scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 10:30 A.M. and last until roughly 11:45 a.m. For those of you that can't watch in-person don't worry, we have you covered. The entire game from start to finish - every goal, assist, hit and save -- will be live streamed and available for your viewing pleasure on our Facebook page HERE.
"For a lot of guys, this will be their first scrimmage at the NHL level," Boughner said. "I'll be anxious to see how they react to that."
Following the scrimmage, the Panthers will immediately board a flight and head to Nashville to open their six-game preseason schedule with a doubleheader against the Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
"It's a very good system we have," forward Denis Malgin said when asked about Florida's upcoming slate of preseason games. "Now it's just about learning that and then trying it on Tuesday against Nashville." Stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com for recaps and reactions from Nashville.
There's still time to select your seats for the upcoming season! With less than a month remaining until the puck drops on Opening Night, the Panthers will be opening their doors from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday in order to give fans the opportunity to test drive their new seats before the 2017-18 season officially gets underway. You can RSVP HERE or simply stop by on the day of the event.
We look forward to seeing you out there.
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-- We've acquired forward Jamie McGinn from the Arizona Coyotes.
-- The practices are long and hard, but Panthers players are more than happy to put in extra work under new head coach Bob Boughner.
"I love it," Aleksander Barkov said. "[The coaches] are great guys, all three of them. As just a first impression, I like it. Everything is organized. Practices are hard, but they're going to get us ready for the season."
-- In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Panthers staff and players have been doing their part to help rebuild and relieve the local community. From an army of food trucks to handing out bags of ice door to door, you can read all about our team's relief efforts in the latest edition of Rats Roundup.