SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today have announced their schedule for the 2018-19 regular season.
The Panthers open their 25th anniversary season on the road against their intra-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Oct. 6, before hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 P.M. for their home opener at BB&T Center.
The Panthers will play a total of 82 regular season games with 40 games played at BB&T Center.
The schedule is highlighted by 14 Saturday home games, five Sunday home games and two international games as part of the NHL Global Series against the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 in Helsinki, Finland.
The Panthers regular season finale is set for Saturday, April 6 against the New Jersey Devils.
Florida plays 28 games within the Atlantic Division this season with four games (two home and two away) against the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers will play 24 games against teams from the Metropolitan Division and 30 games (one home and one away) against the Western Conference.
HOCKEY NIGHTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
The Cats will host a season-high 14 home games on Saturday this season, five on Sunday, three on Monday, four on Tuesday, one on Wednesday, eight on Thursday and five on Friday.
Opening the season on the road against their cross-state rivals in Tampa Bay (Oct. 6), the Panthers will face the Lightning at Amalie Arena once more on Nov. 21 before hosting them in South Florida for their final two regular season match-ups, on Dec. 1, and Feb. 10.
The Cats will face the Winnipeg Jets in two match-ups at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Nov.1 and Friday, Nov. 2 as part of the NHL Global Series. The two overseas contests mark the second time in franchise history the Panthers have played regular season games in Finland, having previously played two regular season games to open the 2009-10 season against the Chicago Blackhawks at Hartwall Arena. Florida will serve as the 'home team' on Nov. 1 and the 'road team' for Nov. 2.
Florida will host 10 games this season at BB&T Center against 'Original Six' teams. The Panthers will host Boston twice (Dec.4, March 23), Chicago once (Nov. 24), Detroit twice (Oct. 20, March 10), Montreal twice (Dec. 28, Feb. 17), the New York Rangers once (Dec. 8) and Toronto twice (Dec. 15, Jan. 18).
ON THE ROAD AGAIN… HOME SWEET HOME
Florida's season-high six-game road trip is followed by the club's season-high eight-game home stand. Over the Panthers stretch of six road games from Nov. 13-23 they will visit Philadelphia, Columbus, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Carolina.
The Panthers eight-game home stand from Nov. 24-Dec. 8 marks the longest stretch of home games the Panthers will play this season. Over the season-high eight-game home stand, the Panthers will host Chicago, New Jersey, Anaheim, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Boston, Colorado, and NY Rangers.
HOCKEY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Panthers will host a two-game holiday home stand between Christmas and New Year's this season as they face-off against Montreal (Dec. 28) and Philadelphia (Dec. 29).
DEFENDING THE TERRITORY
The month of February holds the most home games for the Panthers in the 2018-19 season. The Cats will play 11 of their 15 games at BB&T Center.
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS
In honor of the Panthers 25th anniversary season, each Friday and Saturday home game of the season will celebrate the history of the franchise with 'Flashback Fridays' and 'Legacy Saturdays'. Stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com/promotions for more information.
Back by popular demand, each Thursday home game of the season will be '$5 Beer Thursdays'.
Major Panthers theme and promotional nights this season will include the return of fan favorites like Star Wars Night, Panther Conservation Night, Military Appreciation Night, Pride Night, Kids Takeover Night, as well as Hockey Fights Cancer Night and more.
START TIMES & MATINEE MATCH-UPS
All Panthers home games will begin at 7 P.M. with the exception of five weekend games: Sunday, Nov. 11 vs. Ottawa (5 P.M.), Sunday, Feb. 10 vs. Tampa Bay (6 P.M.), Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. Los Angeles (5 P.M.), Sunday, March 3 vs. Ottawa (5 P.M.) and Sunday, March 10 vs. Detroit (5 P.M.)
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