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Countdown 7: October 10th vs Edmonton

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
The Panthers 2010-11 season is quickly approaching and with that, floridapanthers.com is taking a look at the top ten questions, players to watch and games of the season on a countdown to the home opener on October 16th against Tampa Bay. We'll unveil one of the top ten on a rotating basis each day to help fans get ready for what hopes to be an exciting season.



In today's topic, we take a closer look at the game against the Edmonton Oilers on October 10th in the Top 10 Games this season.

Finally.

After more than five months off, the Panthers are back in action, playing for two points.

The Panthers kick off the regular season tonight in Edmonton and for the team, it's been a long time coming.

"Ready to go. It's been a good camp," said head coach Peter DeBoer. "A lot of practice time but when you practice as much as we have, the players and coaches are ready to see some game action."

"It's been a long summer, a long training camp. A lot of practicing and guys are ready to get on the road and get this thing going," said forward Stephen Weiss. "It's enough practicing and it's good to get into games and competing and get the season going."

"It's been a long time," said veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun. "I'm not a big fan of training camp practicing so exciting. This is what you train for and you can't wait for the games to begin."

What makes it worse for the Panthers is that they will be the last team in the league to kick off their 2010-11 season.

"It is weird. I don't quite understand it but that's alright," said defenseman Bryan McCabe of the late start. "We got a week of preparation before we start, going out a couple of days early to adjust to the time change and we'll be ready to roll."

The Edmonton Oilers had a fantastic start to the 2010-11 season, shutting out division rival Calgary 4-0. They bring a lot of young talent into this game with young studs Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and number one pick overall Taylor Hall.

"They looked real good. They were flying," said DeBoer. "They young kids look dynamic. It's amazing when you put some talented young players in the lineup like that, what a difference it makes. It will be a great test."

That's why the season opener against the Oilers is on the Games To Watch list.
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