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Rats Roundup: Halloween at BB&T Center, Cats Prospects off to Hot Starts

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!

It's Halloween time at BB&T Center, the Cats have back-to-back games this weekend and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Getting Spooky in Sunrise

On Friday, Oct. 18 the Panthers will host the first of two Halloween games at BB&T Center.

Fans can dress up in their favorite costumes in celebration of the festive atmosphere, but there are a few things to remember if you decide to take part:

• Masks must be removed when entering the building and cannot be worn in Pantherland.

• No props or costume accessories that resemble swords, knives or guns.

• No hard plastic or pvc piping allowed.

One of the night's major highlights will be a postgame trick-or-treat on the ice presented by IT'SUGAR. Fans can sign up at the Florida Panthers Foundation table near Club Lexus or at the Foundation table in the upper level concourse near the escalators through the second intermission of the game. But be careful, anyone wearing heels or open-toed shoes will not be allowed on the ice!

You can take part in the trick-or-treat by donating $3 to the Panthers Foundation when you sign up. Limited spaces are available so be sure to sign up early!

To get tickets for the night's matchup against the Colorado Avalanche, click HERE.

Off to the Music City

On Saturday, the Cats will head out to Nashville for their first meeting against the Predators since the preseason.

Stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com for the game preview, highlights and postgame Five Takeaways!

If you are looking to watch the game with other fans, we have you covered! Don your Panthers gear and head to The Balcony in Fort Lauderdale to cheer on the Cats at 8 p.m.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Don't miss a second of #FlaPanthers game action! Join us in cheering on the Cats at the @BalconyLasOlas for the #FLAvsNSH game on Oct. 19! 🙌RSVP >> https://t.co/BYP8ggvmmt pic.twitter.com/4dhfYXt2gC

Young Cats

There are some Cats prospects who have hit the ground running and are off to stellar starts in their 2019-20 seasons.

Goaltender Spencer Knight, who was the top goalie taken at the 2019 NHL Draft at 13th overall, helped the No. 6 Boston College Eagles to its first 2-0-0 start since the 2011-12 season last weekend.

Knight backstopped the Eagles to victories over No. 17 Wisconsin and Colgate, earning him Hockey East's Rookie of the Week honors. The win against Colgate was also the first shutout of his collegiate career.

Fellow prospects and Eagles teammates Logan Hutsko, a third-round pick of the Panthers in the 2018 NHL Draft, and Benjamin Finkelstein, a seventh-round Cats pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, have also looked great after their first slate of games as well.

But the BC boys are not the only ones raising eyebrows around the hockey world. FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive looked at other prospects that have garnered some early praise, including Max Gildon, Serron Noel, Justin Schütz and more.

Click HERE to read up on them.

Territory Talk

It was a packed house on this week's installment of Territory Talk, as Jameson Olive, Doug Plagens and Katie Gaus discussed the Panthers recent road trip that ending with a 6-4 comeback win in New Jersey earlier this week.

Another point of their conversation was delving into the new defensive pairing of MacKenzie Weegar and Aaron Ekblad plus chatting with Jonathan Huberdeau about the start to the season, his career and life off the ice.

You don't want to miss this episode, so listen below and be sure to subscribe to the podcast and listen to past episodes by visiting FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk.

Quick Hitters

- Mike Hoffman called into NHL Now to discuss his great start to the season and what it's like to play under Coach Q. 

Video: Hoffman talks about his hot start to the season

- The Panthers are the talk of the NHL regarding teams to watch out for that missed the 2019 playoffs.

- Deck your for phone for Halloween with these special edition wallpapers!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Dress up your phone for Halloween with this week���s #WallpaperWednesday 😼 pic.twitter.com/W5VqcyGZbT

- Go behind-the-scenes with Frank Vatrano, who was mic'd up for the Cats game vs. the Islanders last week.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Go behind the scenes with #FlaPanthers forward Frank Vatrano during the Cats vs. Islanders game on Oct. 12! 😺 pic.twitter.com/BiVkqYDLAJ

- Calling all yogis! Yoga Day will be held at BB&T Center on Sunday, Dec. 8. Get your tickets now, which includes a one-hour yoga session at BB&T Center, a yogi tank top and a ticket to the game!

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Calling all yogis! 🧘���������Begin your day with a morning yoga session @thebbtcenter on Dec. 8 before attending the #FlaPanthers game that night. Purchase >> https://t.co/HNFwEfpWLu pic.twitter.com/Z3yhDxIULl

- Whitaker Realty Named Official Realty Partner of the Florida Panthers.

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