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Panthers Open 2007-08 Slate Oct. 4 At NY Rangers

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SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers and the National Hockey League announced their 82-game 2007-08 regular season schedule today, highlighted by an unprecedented 29 home games on either Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It marks Florida’s 14th season in the NHL and ninth at the BankAtlantic Center, since the venue opened in 1998. The 2007-08 season is presented by the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

This year’s regular season competition opens with a blockbuster road game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. It marks the first time since 2001 that the Cats will open the season on the road. Florida’s home opener is two nights later against the defending Atlantic Division Champion New Jersey Devils on Saturday Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the BankAtlantic Center.

The Panthers conclude the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, March 29 against the Washington Capitals, before embarking on a season ending three-game road trip. The Cats’ season finale is set for Saturday, April 5 with a contest against the Washington Capitals. All home weekday games this season will begin at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday games starting at 7 p.m. and three Sunday matinee 5 p.m. games, unless circumstances – such as national television start times – dictate otherwise.

“This season’s schedule sets up very well for our hockey club,” said Florida Panthers General Manager and Head Coach Jacques Martin. “We play at home for nine of the final 13 games of the season, including a seven-game home stand in March when the playoff races really start to heat up. Furthermore, I like the balance in this year’s schedule in road and home games from month to month and the fact that our travel is more consolidated with more multi-game trips, rather than just single game road trips.”

“This year’s schedule provides numerous exciting and competitive match-ups,” said Florida Panthers Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark. “Thanks to the help of General Manager & Head Coach Jacques Martin, along with Assistant GM Randy Sexton, we were able to put together a fan-friendly schedule that includes 17 Friday or Saturday night contests, including games on every weekend in March. We will unveil several new enhancements both inside and outside the BankAtlantic Center this fall that will continue to furnish an enjoyable and interactive experience every time our fans attend a Panthers game at the BankAtlantic Center.”

Challenging Start: Eight of the Panthers’ first 11 games will be against playoff teams from last season with four of those eight games being played at the BankAtlantic Center. (NY Rangers, New Jersey 2X, Tampa Bay 2X, Ottawa, Buffalo and Nashville). 

Down Home Stretch: Nine of the Cats final 13 games will be played on home ice at the BankAtlantic Center. In addition, the final nine games of the season will be played against opponents in the Southeast Division.

New Saturday Start Time:  All Saturday home games this season will begin at 7 p.m. in order to better accommodate families who attend. Also, all Saturday games this season will have a family oriented theme, with interactive events geared toward bringing the whole family to the BankAtlantic Center. 

Sunday Matinee: Florida will play three Sunday matinee games this season. All three games – Dec. 30 vs. Philadelphia, Jan. 13 vs. Colorado and March 16 vs. Atlanta – will begin at 5 p.m.

Weekday Start Time: All home games Monday-Friday will continue to begin at 7:30 p.m. in order to give fans a chance to make it to the BankAtlantic Center after a full work day.

Seven-Game Home stand: Florida will get some home cooking in March when they play seven consecutive games on home ice at the BankAtlantic Center between March 6 and March 22. Those seven games – against Pittsburgh, Atlanta (2X), NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Carolina and Tampa Bay – include two Saturday night games and a Friday night game.

Vokoun Returns to Music City: Former Predators netminder Tomas Vokoun returns to Nashville on Saturday, Oct. 27 for his first game in the Music City since the Panthers acquired him in a draft day trade.

Sid “The Kid”:  NHL Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby visits South Florida twice this season on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Thursday, March 6.

Pack Your Bags: The Cats will hit the road for a season-high five-game road trip (Feb. 2 – Feb. 10), a four-game road trip (Dec. 13 – Dec. 18) and five 3-game road trips (Oct. 16 – Oct. 20, Nov. 17 – Nov. 21, Jan. 2 – Jan. 5, Jan. 16 – Jan. 19 and April 1 – April 5) during the 2007-08 season.

At Home for the Holidays: Florida will host the New York Rangers on Friday, Nov. 23 – the day after Thanksgiving – at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the Cats will play a pair of games between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when they host Montreal (Friday, Dec. 28) and Philadelphia (Sunday, Dec. 30).

Scare-dy Cats: The Panthers will once again be home for Halloween as they take on the Southeast Division rival Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Staying East: Florida will not travel west of the Central time zone this season. The Cats do, however, travel outside the Eastern Time zone to take on Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and St. Louis. Florida does not play the Pacific or Northwest Division on the road this season.

Seven Days A Week: The Panthers’ 2007-08 home schedule includes three Sunday contests, two Monday games, three Tuesdays, seven Wednesdays, nine Thursdays, nine Fridays and eight Saturday contests.  The Cats will host six games in October, six in November, eight in December, six in January, six in February and nine in March.

Get Here Early: Be sure to get to all the Panthers home games early next season to take advantage of all the pre-game activities on the Spirit Airlines Funway, the MetroPCS stage, as well as all the new pre-game entertainment that will take place prior to all weekend contests .

Get Your Tickets Now: Season ticket packages start as low as $1.50 per  day.  Season seat packages, as well as other half and mini packages, are available by calling (954) 835-PUCK.  Group ticket packages (10 or more tickets) are available by calling (954) 835-SHOW. Ticket pricing for individual games has not been released yet.  However, the club will institute variable pricing on specific home match-ups. The Panthers will begin charging a premium for select games throughout the season, thus increasing the value for purchasing season seats or a mini-plan.

It Pays to be a Season Seat Holder: Florida Panthers season seat holders receive numerous benefits that include guaranteed premium item give-a-ways, a VIP season seat holder entrance into the BankAtlantic Center, full access to Stanley’s club, the Patron Tequila Platinum Lounge and the BankAtlantic Chairman’s Club, bonus game tickets, a private shopping day at Pantherland, access to the ticket exchange program, exclusive team calendar signing, priority access to playoff and BankAtlantic Center concert tickets and much more. For a complete list of benefits please visit www.floridapanthers.com.

NHL Schedule Playing Format:
The National Hockey League’s 30 member clubs will each play a total of 82 games – 41 at home and 41 on the road. The Panthers’ 2007-08 schedule was determined by the following format:

Eight games against each of its four division rivals            32 games
Four games against each of the 10 non-division clubs in its conference     40 games
10 inter-conference games (each club will host five and travel for five)    10 games
                                    82 games
2007-08 Schedule Notes & Highlights

•    The Panthers open the season on the road at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 4 against the New York Rangers, marking only the second time in the last nine seasons that the Cats will begin the season on the road. This will mark the first time that the Rangers and Panthers will open the season against each other. The Panthers are 6-4-2-1 in 13 season openers.
•    Florida will open the home portion of its schedule on Saturday, Oct. 6 vs. New Jersey.
•    Florida will close the season on the road against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, April 5.
•    The Cats complete the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, March 29 against the Washington Capitals.
•    There are 14 sets of games on back-to-back days in 2007-08, three more than the 2006-07 campaign. Six sets of back-to-back games are on the road, one is at home and the other seven sets of games are split between home and road contests.
•    Florida’s seven-game homestand (March 6 – 22) ties a franchise high for consecutive games at home.
•    Florida will play three Sunday matinee home games all at 5 p.m. vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 30, Colorado on Jan. 13 and Atlanta on March 16.
•    Florida will play one Sunday matinee road game against the NY Islanders on March 2 at 2 p.m.
•    The Panthers will not play Phoenix, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Dallas and San Jose (Pacific Division).
•    Florida’s busiest month will be February when the Cats play 15 games.
•    Florida’s busiest home month is March, as the Panthers have nine games at the BankAtlantic Center.
•    The Panthers will travel the most in November, playing in eight road contests.
•    The Cats will have five days off from Jan. 25-Jan. 29 for the NHL All-Star break. This year’s game will be held in Atlanta on Sunday, Jan. 27.

2007-08 FLORIDA PANTHERS SEASON SEAT PACKAGES

For more information on ticket plans please call 954-835-PUCK (7825).

Big Game Plan: This plan contains the games considered to be the top 13 match-ups of the season, including opening night against the New Jersey Devils and both meetings with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. This package also includes one game against inter-state rival Tampa Bay, as well as two games against the New York Rangers. More than half of the games take place on the weekends.

Big Game Plan
SAT    Oct. 6    NJ    7 p.m.
WED    Oct. 24    PHI    7:30 p.m.
FRI    Nov. 23    NYR    7:30 p.m.
SAT    Dec. 1    WSH    7 p.m.
TUE    Dec. 11    CAL    7:30 p.m.
SAT    Dec. 22    TOR    7 p.m.
TUE    Jan. 8    PIT    7:30 p.m.
WED    Jan. 30    BUF    7:30 p.m.
FRI    Feb. 1    VAN    7:30 p.m.
WED    Feb. 13    MON    7:30 p.m.
THU    Mar. 6    PIT    7:30 p.m.
FRI    Mar. 14    NYR    7:30 p.m.
SAT    Mar. 22    TAM    7 p.m.

Half Season-Plan: This plan includes the first home game of the season on Oct. 6 vs. New Jersey as well as the following Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. Tampa Bay.  Also included are two Rangers games, one Pittsburgh game, one Philadelphia game and one Boston game. This plan also includes the final home game of the season on March 29 vs. Washington.

Weekday Mini Plan: This package contains 13 games Monday-Thursday. The plan begins on Oct. 11 vs. New Jersey and concludes on March 27 against Atlanta. The plan also includes games against Boston, Ottawa, Toronto and Edmonton.

Weekend Mini Plan: This package includes 12 games from Friday-Sunday plus one Thursday night game on Feb. 21 vs. Boston. Also included in this package are the Cats three Sunday games on Dec. 30 vs. Philadelphia, Jan. 13 vs. Colorado and March 16 vs. Atlanta. This package concludes with the final home game of the season against Washington on March 29.


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