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Rats Roundup: In the Playoff Hunt, Territory Talk

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning Panthers fans and welcome to the latest Rats Roundup! Catch up on all things Panthers from this week, including the Cats being in the thick of the playoff hunt, launching a new podcast and more.

Sit back, relax, and kick off your weekend with a little Cats news.

Playoff Hunt

The Cats are in the fight for a wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. With a 5-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens, the Cats now sit two points out of the final wild card spot with three games in hand. With the Panthers in a current five-game homestand before hitting the road, come out and support the team at BB&T Center! The Panthers five-game homestand awaits, come out and support your Cats in the hunt!

Enjoy our Push for the Playoffs ticket package! Click HERE for all the info. 

Going Global

The NHL recently announced ticket information for the 2018 Global Series. The Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will face off in a pair of regular-season games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2, with both games scheduled for 8 p.m. EET. Viasat and Viaplay will locally broadcast the 2018 NHL Global Series games in Sweden and Finland.

Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov as well as Jets forwards Joel Armia and Patrik Laine will be playing in their home country of Finland for the first time as NHL players.

Tickets to all games of the 2018 NHL Global Series™ and 2018 NHL Global Series Challenge™ will be available for purchase beginning next week. Ticket opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Click HERE for full ticket information. 

Territory Talk

Looking to get your fix of all the inside-access to your favorite Cats? Then look no further than Territory Talk, the brand new exclusive Florida Panthers podcast.

Each week, Doug Plagens and Jameson Olive will delve into the storylines surrounding the team and give fans an insight of the news and scores of your favorite Cats. What do players do on their off days? Who is the funniest guy on the team? Where are the best places to spend time in South Florida away from the rink?

The hosts will answer these questions and more, and will be joined each week by a special guest, ranging from players to team executives to media and other staff members who strive to make the Panthers a household name in the Florida hockey community.

Listen to the first episode of the podcast, which featured Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad. A variety of topics were discussed, including the playoff hunt, Bjugstad's love of Harry Potter and the team's current homestand.

Listen and subscribe to Territory Talk HERE.

Quick Hitters

- Roberto Luongo is playing some of the best hockey of his career currently, and is giving the Panthers a shot at the playoffs

- Aleksander Barkov was named as the NHL's third star of the week

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