SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko announced today the Panthers schedule for the 2016-17 National Hockey League season. The Panthers will play a total of 82 regular season games (41 home and 41 away), as well as seven preseason games (three home and four away).
The Panthers open the 2016-17 season at home on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. against the New Jersey Devils at the BB&T Center. The Panthers schedule is highlighted by 10 Saturday home games this season and a matchup against the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Dec. 8.
The Panthers final home game of the season is set for Saturday, April 8 against Buffalo and the regular season finale is Sunday, April 9 at Washington. SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN Florida plays 30 games within the Atlantic Division this season with four games (two home and two away) against the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers play five games against division rivals the Boston Bruins (three home and two away) and Toronto Maple Leafs (two home and three away). The Panthers will play 24 games against teams from the Metropolitan Division and 28 games (one home and one away) against the Western Conference.
ORIGINAL SIX Florida will play 11 games this season at the BB&T Center against Original Six teams. The Panthers will host Boston three times (Nov. 1, Dec. 22, Jan. 7), the Chicago Blackhawks once (March 25), Detroit twice (Oct. 15, Dec. 23), Montreal twice (Dec. 29, April 3), the New York Rangers once (March 7) and Toronto twice (Dec. 28, March 14).
PLAYOFF REMATCH The Panthers will face their 2016 Stanley Cup Playoff opponents the New York Islanders three times this season, hosting them twice on Nov. 12 and again on Jan. 13. The Cats return to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 11. BATTLE FOR FLORIDA The Panthers will face their intrastate rivals Tampa Bay in four contests this season, hosting them at the BB&T Center on Nov. 7 and again on Jan. 26.
PANTHERS WEEKLY The Cats will host a season-high 11 home games on Thursday this season, one on Sunday, two on Monday, eight on Tuesday, three on Wednesday, six on Friday and 10 on Saturday. HOCKEY FOR THE HOLIDAYS The Panthers are home for a pair of games during Thanksgiving week, hosting the Philadelphia Flyers (Nov. 22) and Columbus Blue Jackets (Nov. 26). Additionally, the Cats will end 2016 with a five-game home stand against five Atlantic Division rivals as they host Buffalo (Dec. 20), Boston (Dec. 22), Detroit (Dec. 23), Toronto (Dec. 28) and Montreal (Dec. 29). The Panthers will ring in the new year with a three-game home stand against the Winnipeg Jets (Jan. 4), Nashville Predators (Jan. 6) and Boston (Jan. 7).
START TIMES All Panthers weekday home games will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday, Dec. 28 vs. Toronto (7:00 p.m.) and Wednesday, Jan. 4 vs. Winnipeg (7:00 p.m.). All Saturday home contests will start at 7:00 p.m. Florida’s lone Sunday home contest vs. Ottawa on Feb. 26 will start at 7:30 p.m.
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