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Panthers Announce 2011-12 Regular Season Schedule

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers announced today their 82-game 2011-12 regular season schedule, highlighted by 27 home games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It marks Florida’s 19th year in the National Hockey League and 13th season at the BankAtlantic Center since the venue opened in 1998. The 2011-12 season is presented by Party City.

Florida opens the regular season with a two-game road trip beginning on Saturday, Oct 8 against the N.Y. Islanders, followed by a road game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (Oct. 11).  For the second consecutive year, the Panthers will open the home portion of their schedule against their intrastate rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Florida closes out the 11-12 campaign at home against Carolina on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m.

“We worked diligently with General Manager Dale Tallon and the National Hockey League to put together the best possible schedule that benefits our organization from both a competitive and marketing standpoint,” said President & Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark. “This season’s schedule features two visits from the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins and a visit from the Western Conference Champion Vancouver Canucks, as well as our traditional holiday match-ups against the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. We look forward to welcoming Panthers fans back to the BankAtlantic Center in October.”

“The 2011-12 schedule is an exciting one for both our team and our fans,” said Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon. “With eight of our last 15 games on home ice, including two of our last three, it should prove to be a thrilling stretch run to the season.”

2011-12 Schedule Highlights:
Return of Red: “We See Red” signifies the Panthers’ passion, aggressiveness, new blood, attitude, desire and commitment to winning under the leadership of General Manager Dale Tallon and Head Coach Kevin Dineen. Beginning opening night, fans can expect to see an enhanced game presentation focused on the ‘We See Red” campaign that will draw on the excitement and non-stop action of Panthers hockey. In addition, the Panthers will unveil a new home jersey at the NHL Entry Draft on June 24, which will be worn by the club beginning on opening night.

Panthers Hockey Seven Days A Week:
Florida will host home contests on every day of the week including eight Sunday contests, five Monday games, six Tuesdays, three Wednesdays, five Thursdays, seven Fridays and seven Saturday contests.

Thanksgiving Feast:
The Panthers will host three games during Thanksgiving week beginning with the New Jersey Devils (Nov. 21), New York Rangers (Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 23) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (Nov. 25).

Holiday Hockey:
After the Christmas holiday the Panthers will host the Toronto Maple Leafs (Dec. 27), New York Rangers (Dec. 30) and Montreal Canadiens on New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m.

Hello Winnipeg: The Panthers will host the new Winnipeg franchise three times, with home contests on Halloween (Oct. 31) and twice in the second half of the season (Feb. 3 and April 3).

March Madness: The Panthers have their busiest month of the season in March including 16 games (eight home and eight road) and four sets of back-to-back contests.

Measuring Stick: Starting on Nov. 23 when the Panthers host the New York Rangers, Florida will take on teams that reached the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs in nine of their ten contests. During that stretch Florida will play Tampa Bay (Nov. 25 and Nov. 26), Los Angeles (Dec. 1), San Jose (Dec. 3), Washington (Dec. 5). Boston (Dec. 8), Buffalo (Dec. 9) and the Rangers (Dec. 11).

Start Times: All Panthers home games (Monday-Saturday) will now begin at 7:30 p.m. and all Sunday home contests will start at 5 p.m. unless circumstances – such as national television start times or special holiday games – dictate otherwise. The Panthers home game on New Year’s Eve against the Montreal Canadiens will begin at 6 p.m.

Play Them All: During the 2011-12 campaign, the Panthers will play all 29 other NHL clubs. Florida will play the entire Western Conference, once at home or on the road and will also play three select Western Conference teams (Los Angeles, Chicago, Minnesota) twice - once on the road and once at home.

Get Your Tickets Now: For the second consecutive season, the Panthers will sell tickets under the dynamic pricing structure. All Panthers games will be classified in one of four categories: bronze (least expensive), silver, gold and platinum (most expensive). However, as demand increases and ticket inventory becomes more scarce for single games, prices will increase. Fans interested in buying season seat packages (starting at 13-game mini plans) are guaranteed the best value and can contact a ticket representative at (954) 835-PUCK.

2011-12 Schedule Highlights:
  • The Panthers open the 2011-12 season with a two-game East Coast road trip, where they will take on the New York Islanders on Oct. 8 and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 11.
  • The defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins visit South Florida on Monday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, March 15, and the Panthers will visit Boston on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 23.
  • The Panthers will take on the defending Western Conference Champion Vancouver Canucks at home on Monday, Jan. 9.
  • The Panthers will conclude the 11-12 season with three games against Southeast Division foes. They will host Winnipeg (April 3) and travel to Washington (April 5), before hosting the Hurricanes in the season finale on April 7.
  • The Panthers 11-12 schedule includes 11 Sunday contests, seven Monday games, 15 Tuesdays, five Wednesdays, 16 Thursdays, 13 Fridays and 15 Saturday contests.
  • For the third year in a row, the Panthers will host the Montreal Canadiens on New Year’s Eve, this year at 6 p.m.
  • The Panthers season long home stand of four games will be played four different times (Nov. 19 – Nov. 25, Dec. 13 – Dec. 20, Feb. 15 – Feb. 23, Mar. 11 – Mar. 17). Their first four game home stand is over the Thanksgiving week, starting on Nov 19 against Pittsburgh before hosting New Jersey (Nov. 21), NY Rangers (Nov. 23) and Tampa Bay (Nov. 25). The second home stand begins with a match-up against New Jersey on Dec. 13 followed by games against Calgary (Dec. 16), Carolina (Dec. 18) and Phoenix (Dec. 20). The third home stand begins with a meeting against Ottawa on Feb. 15 and then games against Washington (Feb. 17), Anaheim (Feb. 19) and Minnesota (Feb. 23). The fourth and final home stand begins Mar. 11 against Caolina followed by games against Toronto (Mar. 13), Boston (Mar. 17) and Buffalo (Mar. 17)
  • The Panthers will be on the road for a season high four games, twice, from Nov. 26- Dec. 3 and Mar. 27- Apr. 1. The first trip will include contests against Tampa Bay (Nov. 26), Carolina (Nov. 29), Los Angeles (Dec. 1) and San Jose (Dec. 3). During the latter, the Cats will take on Montreal (Mar. 27), Minnesota (Mar. 29), Columbus (Mar. 30), and Detroit (Apr. 1).
  • The Cats will host four games in October, seven in November, eight in December, four in January, eight in February, eight in March and two in April.
  • Florida will have a home-and-home series against Tampa Bay (Nov. 25-26).
  • The Panthers will play 16 games in March, their busiest month.
  • The Panthers will have seven days off from Jan. 25 - Jan. 31 for the NHL’s All-Star break. The All-Star Game will be held in Ottawa on Jan. 29. The Cats begin play after the break hosting Washington (Feb. 1).
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