The Florida Panthers announced today the 56-game schedule for the 2020-21 National Hockey League regular season with a 28-game home slate at BB&T Center.
The Cats will open the season at home with two matchups against the 2020 Western Conference Champion Dallas Stars on Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15. Florida closes out the regular season with three straight games against their intrastate rivals and the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, May 4, Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 8.
With a temporary divisional realignment of the NHL, the Panthers will play the 2020-21 season within a revamped Central Division, which features teams that usually play in three d different divisions. Florida will play each team within the division a total of eight times this season and will face each team at least twice before facing another club. Florida will play a total of seven back-to-backs.
The Panthers will face off with these seven divisional foes:
Home Schedule vs. CAR: Feb. 27, March 1, April 22, April 24
Road Schedule at CAR: Jan. 21, Jan. 23, April 6, April 8
Home Schedule vs. CHI: Jan. 17, Jan. 19, March 13, March 15
Road Schedule at CHI: March 23, March 25, April 29, May 1
Columbus Blue Jackets
Home Schedule vs. CBJ: April 3, April 4, April 19, April 20
Road Schedule at CBJ: Jan. 26, Jan. 28, March 9, March 11
Home Schedule vs. DAL: Jan. 14, Jan. 15, Feb. 23, Feb. 25
Road Schedule at DAL: March 27, March 28, April 10, April 13
Detroit Red Wings
Home Schedule vs. DET: Feb. 7, Feb. 9, March 30, April 1
Road Schedule at DET: Jan. 30, Jan. 31, Feb. 19, Feb. 21
Home Schedule vs. NSH: Feb. 4, Feb. 5, March 18, March 20
Road Schedule at NSH: March 4, March 6, April 26, April 27
Tampa Bay Lightning
Home Schedule vs. TBL: Feb. 11, Feb. 13, May 6, May 8
Road Schedule at TBL: Feb. 16, April 15, April 17, May 4