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Rats Roundup: World Juniors Begin, Roar into the 20s

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

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

The 2020 World Junior Championship begins this week, get ready to roar into the 20s with a special ticket package, the Cats are back from the holiday break for two games at BB&T Center and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

2020 World Juniors

On Thursday, the 2020 World Junior Championship kicked off in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.

Three Panthers prospects will represent their native countries at this year's tournament: Goaltender Spencer Knight (USA), forward Grigori Denisenko (RUS) and forward Justin Schütz (GER).

Denisenko notched an assist for Team Russia in a 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic and Spencer Knight and Team USA fell to Team Canada, 6-4 on the opening day of the tournament.

Team USA will be back in action against Justin Schütz and Team Germany on Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. ET. You can watch all the action on NHL Network.

FloridaPanthers.com's Jameson Olive previewed the tournament and what each prospect brings to the table for their country. Read the preview HERE

NHL.com also took a feature looks at Knight and how important his play will be to Team USA in their search for a gold medal. Click HERE to read it. 

Stay tuned to @FlaPanthers and @iihf_wjc  on Twitter for game and tournament updates.

Ready for the New Year

In preparation for 2020, the Cats are offering a special four-game pack for all home games in the month of January. 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Roar into the 20s with our 4-Game Pack and attend all home games in January with this special pack! 🎉 #FlaPanthers champagne flute is included! 🥂 🎟��� >> https://t.co/WLbeprtkT7 pic.twitter.com/9JoI7ELXtW

As a bonus, each package comes with a special Panthers-branded champagne flute glass. So don't wait any longer and purchase a package HERE to ring in the New Year with the Panthers at BB&T Center!

Back to BB&T Center

There is no better place to showcase all the new Panthers gear you received over the holidays than at BB&T Center.

Right out of the holiday break, the Panthers are back in Sunrise for two pivotal matchups against the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 28 and Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 29.

This Saturday is also our next Territory Takeover Night, with a focus on Delray Beach. Fans who show a valid resident I.D. can receive discounts at concession stands and on domestic drafts at the Coors Light Cold Zone.

To learn more and to see upcoming Territory Takeover Nights, visit FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTakeover. 

Get your tickets for these Atlantic-Division showdowns HERE and we look forward to seeing you at the games!  

Territory Talk: Holiday Edition

Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov stopped by the Territory Talk studio for a special holiday-themed episode.

Topics included how Barkov has adjusted to spending the holidays in South Florida, his favorite Christmas memories as a kid growing up in Finland and more! Listen below and listen to past episodes at FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk

Acciari Shines

Thanks to garnering eight points (7G, 1A) in three straight victories against the Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes, Noel Acciari was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Dec. 22.

Acciari lit up the score sheet for the Cats by notching the first hat trick of his career on Dec. 16.

Video: OTT@FLA: Acciari records first-career hat trick

Just a few short days later, Acciari once again posted his second career hat trick, doing so in historic fashion by tallying his third goal on a penalty shot. It was also the fastest hat trick in franchise history.

Video: DAL@FLA: Acciari scores natural hat trick in 3:59

Video: Noel Acciari's second hat trick in as many games

The 28-year-old forward then tallied a big insurance goal for the Cats in their 4-2 win over the Hurricanes last Saturday.

Video: FLA@CAR: Acciari restores Panthers' three-goal lead

To read more on Acciari's Star of the Week honors, click HERE

Quick Hitters

- Defenseman Riley Stillman was recalled from Springfield (AHL).

- The Panthers stopped by Broward Health to bring some holiday cheer to patients and staff.

Video: Florida Panthers visit Broward Health

- Deck your phone out with these limited edition holiday wallpapers.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: It's time to unwrap some new wallpapers! 🎁Happy #WallpaperWednesday, Cats fans! pic.twitter.com/tmzwtYqFhI

- Time is running out to lace up your skates at real ice outdoors this year at our Hockey Holiday Rink at Hoffman's Chocolates in Greenacres! 

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: 'Tis the season to go skating! ���There's no better place to enjoy the holiday season in South Florida with friends & family than at the #FlaPanthers Hockey Holiday Ice Rink at @hoffmanschoc in Greenacres! Come on out now through Dec. 30. More >> https://t.co/qisqHVvqQf pic.twitter.com/beNu4PKVLs

- Jonathan Huberdeau, along with OB House and Habitat for Humanity, visited local families and delivered special packages of pancakes. 

Video: Huberdeau visits Local Families

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