The Florida Panthers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, have announced their 82-game schedule for the 2019-20 regular season.
The Panthers open the season (again...) with two games against their intra-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, with their season opening contest on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Amalie Arena, before hosting the Lightning for the Panthers home opener on Saturday, Oct. 5 at BB&T Center.
The Panthers regular season finale is set for Saturday, April 4 against the Washington Capitals.
Florida plays 28 games within the Atlantic Division this season with four games (two home and two away) against the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers will play 24 games against teams from the Metropolitan Division and 30 games (one home and one away) against the Western Conference.
HOMETOWN HOCKEY NIGHTS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
The Cats will host a season-high 14 home games on Saturday this season, five on Sunday, two on Monday, six on Tuesday, 12 on Thursday and two on Friday. Saturday home games will highlight the hometown Panthers Territory with a focus on South Florida cities.
BATTLE FOR FLORIDA
The Panthers open the season on the road with a home-and-home set of games against their intrastate rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Amalie Arena before hosting them at BB&T Center for their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Cats and Bolts will clash in South Florida for the final time of the regular season on Dec. 10 and will face off in their last match-up of the season on Dec. 23 in Tampa.
HOMESTAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS
December marks the Panthers busiest home month of the season as they play season-high 10 games at BB&T Center.
From Nov. 30 to Dec. 20, BB&T Center will be the site for a franchise record nine-game homestand for the Panthers as they host the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators and Dallas Stars.
The Cats play their final two home games of 2019 on Dec. 28 against the Detroit Red Wings and Dec. 29 against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Cats’ five-game road trip from Feb. 17-25, marks their longest of the season. Away from home, Florida will visit the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes.
February marks the Panthers most road-heavy month of their schedule with 10 games being played away from South Florida.
FACING THE CHAMPIONS
$5 Beer Thursdays will return for another season featuring special pricing on all domestic beers at select stands at BB&T Center.
Major Panthers theme and promotional nights this season will include the return of fan favorites like Star Wars Night, Panther Conservation Night, Military Appreciation Night, Pride Night, Grateful Dead Night, as well as Hockey Fights Cancer Night and more. Fans can stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com/Promotions for the latest information.
START TIMES & MATINEE MATCH-UPS
All Panthers home games are set for 7 P.M., with the exception of five weekend games:
Sunday, Nov. 24 vs. Buffalo Sabres (5 P.M.), Sunday, Dec. 5 vs. San Jose Sharks (5 P.M.), Saturday, Feb. 15 vs. Edmonton Oilers (4 P.M.), Saturday, Feb. 29 vs. Chicago Blackhawks (6 P.M.) and Sunday, March 1 vs. Calgary Flames (4 P.M.).
You can download the schedule by clicking here.