Although they were in the playoff hunt for much of last season, injuries eventually brought the Florida Panthers back down to earth. The Cats have higher hopes this year, with the additions of Lawson Crouse and Rocco Grimaldi plus a full season of Jaromir Jagr leading the offensive attack. Roberto Luongo will man the crease again for Florida, looking for another successful season after posting a .921 save perentage last year. Does the squad have what it takes to make it back to the postseason for the first time since 2012? Catch all the action with Florida Panthers tickets, available now for home and away games throughout the 2015-16 season!
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11/17/15 - The Florida Panthers beat the Lightning again on November 17 in the second part of the home-and-home set in a match that came down to the final minute of play. After a mostly scoreless game, with goalie Roberto Luongo making 39 saves, Aaron Ekblad prevented an overtime situation with a goal with 20.2 seconds left to play. Things did not continue to go in the Panthers' favor when they faced the Ducks on November 19. After getting behind by two, Aleksander Barkov scored to get within one point, but there were only four minutes left in the game. Despite battling, the Panthers were unable to rally. They next face the Rangers on November 21. Tickets remain available starting at just $5.
11/10/15 - Things are looking up for the Florida Panthers. They won two of their last three matchups, including one on an away rink. First, the Panthers beat out the Calgary Flames with 3-4 on November 10th. Then they took on the Tampa Bay Lightning and came away with an impressive final score of 5-4. Up next, the Panthers are facing the Lightning for a rematch, but this time back in Florida. The Panthers have already beaten them without the home advantage, so they should be able to pull out a tight victory on November 16th. Afterward, the Panthers will have four more home games before hitting the road again on November 29th.
11/3/15 - After two wins in a row, the Florida Panthers entered a four game losing streak. Two of these losses came in overtime, so they got some points for their record. They lost in overtime against the Washington Capitals on the 31. The Panthers were the first to get on the board, but the Capitals tied the game in the third, and then scored the winning goal in overtime. They were equally unsuccessful after losing their 2-1 lead in the third period when the Ducks tied the game and sent it into overtime. The game was decided in a shoot out, which went to the Ducks. The Panthers next play the Kings on the 7. Tickets are available, with prices starting at $15.
10/27/15 - The Florida Panthers aren’t one of the best teams in the league, but they aren’t one of the worst. They are currently holding tight to their third place standing in the Atlantic Division. It is going to be a hard spot to pull them away from, especially if they continue to add to their two-game winning streak. On October 27, the Panthers hit the ice against the Colorado Avalanche. The Panthers scored early in the first period and then both teams seemed to come to a halt offensively until the third period. That is when all of the action occurred, with three goals from the Panthers and only a single goal from the Avalanche. Get tickets today to watch the Panthers live on ice.
10/20/15 - With quick starts from Montreal and Tampa Bay, keeping up in the Atlantic Division is proving to be tough already—but not too tough for the Florida Panthers. They picked up another point in the standings by virtue of an overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Penguins got the W on a power play goal just 1:21 into the extra period, dropping Florida to 3-2-1 overall in 2015. The Panthers fought back from a 2-0 third-period deficit to force OT, but it wasn’t their night when the dust finally settled. They’ll try to rebound Saturday in Dallas before returning home to host Colorado this Tuesday. Get your tickets starting at just $8!
10/15/15 - The beginning of the Florida Panthers season has been mostly good times, with three wins and only one loss under their skates. On October 15, the Panthers stormed the ice against the Buffalo Sabres, for their third away game of the season. The Panthers offense started the game out hot when veteran right winger, Jaromir Jagr, slapped in two goals in the first period. This great performance was also backed up defensively with goalie, Roberto Luongo, saving shot after shot. The Panthers were able to skate away with the 3-2 win over the Sabres. See if they can keep up the good work when they face the Dallas Stars on October 17. Get your tickets before it is too late.
10/6/15 - The start to the Florida Panthers' 2015-16 season is just days away. In preparation for the start of the season, they have announced their official 23-man roster. Forward Martin Havlat was released from the team after a professional tryout, and Rocco Grimaldi was placed on injured reserve. To further trim down the roster, the Panthers sent Garrett Wilson to the AHL Portland Pirates and returned Lawson Crouse to his junior club, the Kingston Frontenacs, which is part of the Ontario Hockey League. You can still get your tickets for the season opener against the Philadelphia Flyers, which will be at home on October 10, as well as other games this season. Prices start at just $7.
9/15/15 - Missing out on the postseason surely has fans of the Florida Panthers eager for a big season in 2015-16. They always have the potential to compete when star goalie Robert Luongo’s in the crease, of course. At 36, he remains one of the most imposing net protectors in the NHL, finishing last season with a 2.35 average goals-against number. Young standouts Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri will also need to submit solid contributions this year if the Panthers are to punch their ticket to the playoffs, particularly playing in the competitive Atlantic Division. Florida will host the Dallas Stars at BB&T Center in preseason play on Tuesday the 22nd and seats are on sale now! Claim your spot and get an early look at your 2015 Florida Panthers!
4/10/15 - The Florida Panthers lost 4-1 in their most recent game against the Atlantic Division's first place team, the Montreal Canadiens on Easter Sunday. Although Montreal scored first, the Panthers tied the game up early in the second period with a goal by Aaron Ekblad. They almost took the lead soon after, but a missed opportunity ended up turning the tables when Montreal broke out and scored their second goal. Montreal scored twice more in the period, and the Panthers were unable to find a way back onto the scoreboard to reduce the deficit. The team's final two games of the season will be at home. The Panthers face the Boston Bruins on April 9 (tickets starting at $17) and the New Jersey Devils on April 11 (tickets starting at $13).
3/24/15 - The Florida Panthers' budding winning streak ended when they lost 3-4 against the Lightning on March 24th. The Lightning came out strong, scoring twice in the first period. The Panthers found their rhythm during the second period, with goals by Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Perri, and Jonathan Huberdeue in a span of two minutes to bring them ahead. However, the Panthers soon lost their lead when the Lightning answered back early in the third period and then scored the winning goal later in the same period. The Panthers still have a chance for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs at only five points behind the Senators. They will look to add some points when they face the Maple Leafs on the 26th. Tickets are still available, with prices starting at $38.
3/16/15 - The Florida Panthers have finally arrived on home turf after a long couple of weeks being on the road. Their last game against the Winnipeg Jets went their way, finishing the game with a four to two lead. They are on a good streak, with two consecutive wins and at least one goal in the past three games. Player, Dan Ellis was pulled from the AHL the beginning of March to fill in for injured players Luongo and Montoya. His performance has made a big impact on the team, making 18 saves in three consecutive games and putting one in the net against the Jets. See the Panthers try to lengthen their winning streak when they play the Detroit Red Wings on March 19, 2015. Tickets for that game start at $20 a piece.
3/10/15 - The Florida Panthers fell just slightly short when they took on the Dallas Stars on March 5th. Each team was able to answer the other's goal through the entire game until it was tied 3-3 at the end of the third. It went to overtime and then a shootout, but ultimately the Stars were able to take the win in the third round. Two days later, the Panthers were playing the top team in the Metropolitan Division, the New York Islanders, and the exact same thing happened. Tied at three points, no goals were made in overtime and it went to a shootout. Jonathan Huberdeau made his shot in the first round and their goalie, Dan Ellis, did the rest. March 12th's Winnipeg Jets game is the last one before they hit the road again.
3/3/15 - Things have been rough for the Florida Panthers recently. Even though they did manage to end their four-game losing streak when they beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-5 on Feb. 28th, it has still been slow going. Since they returned to their home rink, they have lost half their matches, most recently against the Toronto Maple Leafs. There are still three home games before they hit the road again, so hopefully they are able to gain some momentum. Next, they play the Dallas Stars, who actually have the same number of wins as the Panthers, so that should be a very close match. Tickets for the March 5th game are still available for the low price of $10. Be sure to catch the Panthers in action before they head out on March 14th.
2/24/15 - Several weeks of speculation finally concluded with a trade of Sean Bergenheim on Tuesday, as the Florida Panthers sent the veteran forward to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2016. Florida GM Dale Tallon has been quoted stating that his team “won’t go crazy” leading into the March 2nd trade deadline, but did note that the Panthers are looking to add youth and speed in order to bolster their offense as they continue their playoff push. After a disappointing shootout loss on the road to Chicago on Tuesday night, the Panthers look for revenge as they host the Blackhawks on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale. Great seats at the BB&T Center are available for as low as $29, so grab your tickets now!
2/19/15 - Opening a five-game road trip in Toronto, the Florida Panthers defeated the Maple Leafs to snap a three-game losing streak. The 3-2 victory kept Florida in the playoff hunt with 62 points on the season, just three behind the Bruins for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. “We are in the (playoff) race,” said coach Gerard Gallant. “When we’re playing good hockey, we have a chance to beat anybody. … We’re finding a way to win.” Nick Bjugstad put in his 21st goal of the year on a power play to break a 1-1 tie in the second period, giving the Panthers a lead they would not relinquish. Florida visits Montreal on Thursday night before taking on the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Get in the game for as low as $24!
2/13/15 - The Florida Panthers bombarded the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night, overwhelming the Pacific Division leaders by a score of 6-2. The six goals were scored by six different players for the Panthers, while goalie Roberto Luongo totaled 31 saves to lift Florida to their second victory over the Ducks in two tries this season. Incidentally, their previous victory on November 16th ended with the same lopsided score, accounting for two of Anaheim’s three worst losses of the year. Florida will try to build on their momentum as they hit the road Thursday night, going up against the Minnesota Wild. Friday, they’ll travel to Dallas to face off with the Stars at the American Airlines Center. A select number of tickets can still be had starting at just $17!
2/5/15 - Their recent three-game northeast trip wasn’t as successful as the Florida Panthers might have hoped, but they did cap it with a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders, thanks in part to an outstanding performance from reserve goaltender Al Montoya. The Islanders managed 34 shots on goal, converting one each in the first and second periods, but the Panthers put in their third and fourth goals in the final period to secure the win. With the postseason approaching, Florida finds themselves on the bubble, in need of a few good win streaks to break through—a few more multi-goal games from Jimmy Hayes and strong performances from their goalkeepers could be enough to make it happen. Get tickets to see the Panthers battle the Nashville Predators on Sunday—seats are selling for as low as $16!
1/28/15 - The Florida Panthers' losing streak is over. They have been consistently only one step behind their opponents for their last five games, but that all changed when they took on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 29th. The games started out slow with neither team scoring in the first period despite each taking 13 shots. Then Jonathan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad each managed to score, putting Florida in the lead, but they couldn't finish up the period without the Blue Jackets tying it up. Sean Bergenheim managed to break the tie, being assisted by Dmitry Kulikov and Alex Petrovic, giving the Florida Panthers the win. They are now 21-15-10 and fifth for the Atlantic Division as they begin their series of away games. The Panthers will return on Feb. 5th
1/20/15 - The All Star break may be just what the doctor ordered for the struggling Florida Panthers, who have dropped their last four games, including three at home. The Vancouver Canucks handed them their most recent defeat, scoring twice in the first eight minutes to take a lead that they would not relinquish. Brandon Pirri scored his fourth goal of the season for the Panthers to avoid the shutout. Florida will try to get back into the win column when they return to regular season action on Tuesday, January 27th, as they host the streaking Detroit Red Wings at BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale. Be sure to grab your seats for the game early—tickets start at just $23, so come out and support your Panthers!
1/13/15 - This last Tuesday, the Florida Panthers didn’t have a great showing against the Winnipeg Jets. They ended up losing 8-2, a defeat that they won’t forget for some time now. In their loss, the Panthers simply couldn’t stop Mathieu Perreault. He ended up with 4 goals, seemingly scoring whenever he wanted. The Panthers are going to have to rebound in a big way if they want to turn their losing season around. The only two players who were able to generate any type of offense were Dave Bolland and Brad Boyes. Both scored, but it wasn’t enough. Their next game is against the Colorado. The Panthers have more depth, so they have a great shot at winning. They need to forget their last game, and start out fresh. Tickets for the game can be bought for $17.
1/5/15 - The Florida Panthers may not be a frontrunner for the Stanley Cup, but they have some excellent talent. They chose Aaron Ekblad in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and he’s making a name for himself. In a game against the Capitols, Ekblad broke the record for most points by a Panthers rookie defenseman, and after 37 games, he’s earned 22 points and leads his club with 17 assists. He’s showing well in his rookie year. Catch this rookie phenom on home ice when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Razorgator has great prices for the best seats in the house. Tickets are available starting at around $15. Watch a fantastic game and see how far their rookie can go in breaking records his rookie year.
12/30/14 - The Florida Panthers are coming off of a win on December 28 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Panthers dominated the game, although the scoreboard did not always reflect this, as they entered the second intermission down by two. The Panthers led in shots on goal, with 29, although they were only able to turn two of those shots into a goal. The Maple Leafs were able to turn four of their six shots on goals into a point. However, despite a season characterized by difficulty scoring goals, the Panthers were able to score four goals in the final period, leading to a 6-4 victory. They next face the Montreal Canadiens at home on December 30, followed by another home game against the New York Rangers the next night. Tickets remain on sale, starting at $34.
12/24/14 - With a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Florida Panthers bring their record to 15-9-8, which ranks them 5th in the Atlantic Division. During the latest game, the Penguins had several injuries and illnesses, leading them so short handed that they lacked a backup goalie during the pregame warm ups. This helped the Panthers to come out strong and get a 3-1 lead by the beginning of the third quarter, but the Penguins rallied back late to tie the game and send it to a shoot out. The Panthers were able to win after a seven-round shootout, thanks to a goal by Aleksander Barkov. This win pleased the fans who made up the largest home crowd so far this season. The Panthers look to add to their wins when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday, December 28, at home, with tickets starting at $48.
12/18/14 - It has been a weird schedule for the Florida Panthers, winning one game then losing the next meet all season long. Their most recent matchup against the Washington Capitals resulted in a 2-1 victory for the Panthers, but not until they had first endured the longest shootout in NHL history. While the Panthers dominated the third period of the game, it wasn’t until centerman Nick Bjugstad helped break the standoff in the 20th overtime round that the game was finally over. Taking on the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, Florida has the better record with 13-8-8 compared to the Flyers’ 11-14-5, but the Panthers are remembering to take it one game at a time. Tickets are still available for Thursday’s game in Philadelphia, starting at $24 per seat.
12/12/14 - The Florida Panthers continue to alternate between their wins and losses with another loss on Monday when they took on the St. Louis Blues. After being shut out in the first period, the Panthers managed to score in the second period while denying the Blues any points. Unfortunately, they only scored half as many points as their opponents in the last period and in the game, with the final score coming to 2-4. Nick Bjugstad and Aaron Ekblad earned Florida their 2 points and Tomas Fleischmann, Erik Gudbranson, Jussi Jokinen, and Brian Campbell assisted. This game brings them to 11-8-7 and 6th for their division. Their next home game will be on the 16th against the Washington Capitals. Tickets are already available starting at $12.
12/2/14 - The Florida Panthers lost their first game in a week on Monday to the Columbus Blue Jackets. It wasn’t a very high scoring game, but the Blue Jackets managed to just barely win with a final score of 1-2 after being tied at the end of the second period. Despite outshooting Columbus, the Panthers only scored once. With Brad Boyes and Sean Bergenheim assisting, it was Aaron Ekblad who made their one point. This brings Florida to 9-7-6 and 6th in the Atlantic Division out of 8. They have a long way to go if they want to catch up to the Tampa Bay Lightning with 17-6-2. Florida plays the Detroit Red Wings next and then will return to take on the Blue Jackets again on the 4th.
11/25/14 - When the Florida Panthers played the Nashville Predators, they were down 2-0 in the third quarter. In just 12 seconds, the Panthers scored two goals to bring them into an overtime situation. Neither team scored in overtime, forcing a shootout in which the Predators brought it home for the win. Although it was a disappointing loss that still felt like a victory to the Panthers. It just goes to show why you shouldn’t leave a game early. The Panthers come home for Thanksgiving week with games on Monday, Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes, and Friday versus the Ottawa Senators. They should easily take the Hurricanes, but the Senators are ranked ahead of the Panthers in the division. You won’t want to miss these home games, so get your tickets now to see this great team.
11/18/14 - The Florida Panthers faced the Anaheim Ducks and pulled out a win against one of the strongest teams in the NHL. After the first period, the teams were tied at one goal, but the Panthers brought it home in the second period when they scored four unmatched goals. Both teams score one goal in the third, and the Panthers won which should give them momentum going into their next few games. They are still on the road with a Thursday game against the New York Sharks and a Saturday game against the Nashville Predators before coming home to host the Minnesota Wild on Monday. Expect great things from this revitalized Panthers team who want to give their fans great games. Come out and watch the Panthers bring home the wins!
11/11/14 - The Florida Panthers need the support of their fans! You’ll want to get your tickets for their exciting games at the BB&T Center when they’re on home ice. Their next home game is on the 14th, against the New York Islanders, then the Panthers go back on the road for 4 games against the Anaheim Ducks, the LA Kings, the San Jose Sharks, and the Nashville Predators. The Panthers began to show their excellent defense in when they held the Sharks to one goal in last Tuesday’s game while scoring 4 goals themselves. Head Coach Gerard Gallant called it the best 60 minutes of play that the Panthers have had all season. The Panthers are 7th in the Atlantic Division with a 5-4-4 record, and they’re hoping they’ll put more wins on the scoreboard.
11/4/14 - The Florida Panthers may have lost their game to the Boston Bruins, but they played hard until the end both offensively and defensively. The Panthers’ goalie had 23 saves before the Bruins gained the winning point in overtime. It was a tough game for them, but the Florida team didn’t have any penalties during the game. At 4-2-4, they are in 7th place in the Atlantic Division, and they face the Calgary Flames at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday giving them home ice advantage. With two more home games in quick succession on Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks and Friday, November 14, against the New York Islanders, you can see them play and help them win by getting your tickets now for these games!
10/28/14 - Panthers fans can savor the flavor of victory as they await the arrival of the game at home against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Beating Arizona 2 to 1, it could be that the Florida Panthers are taking Luongo’s comments to heart and focusing their attention on their performance on the ice. Although the Panthers have experienced a rocky start to the season, their goal ratio is promising. As the team continues to tighten their cohesive strategy, this could become a very powerful weapon in their arsenal come playoff time. One thing that is certain is that Florida isn’t planning on counting themselves out of the running anytime soon. Tickets for the Panthers vs. Philadelphia game are still available starting at just $15 per ticket.
Remember when Florida won the Southeast Division title three years ago? Under new head coach Gerand Gallant, the Cats have put in work to ensure fans that this franchise is on the fast track back to the postseason. The final piece of the puzzle was put in place when the Panthers signed the No.1 pick in this year’s draft, defenseman Aaron Ekblad. Are the Cats ready for relevancy in the NHL and a competitive run at the postseason? Get your Florida Panthers tickets today and be there when the team pounces on their 2014-2015 schedule!
Florida opens their 82-game slate on the road, against intrastate rival Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 9. Their home opener gets underway on Oct. 11 when the Panthers play host to the New Jersey Devils. The Eastern Conference champions New York Rangers visit the Panthers on Dec. 31, while the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings will not appear until Feb. 5.
Florida acquired multiple free agents this summer that will provide the veteran presence that this young team needs to succeed. The additions of Dave Bolland, Shawn Thornton, Willie Mitchell and Jussi Jokinem should grant ample assistance in front of Roberto Luongo. Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov are just a few of the young and vibrant players which make up the Ft. Lauderdale franchise. See the future of the NHL in action with Florida Panthers tickets today!
4/8/14 – After dropping five straight, the Panthers recorded two points with a win over Dallas Sunday night. Florida won both meetings with the Stars this season. With nothing to lose, the team takes on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight; you can get in BB&T Center with Florida Panthers tickets priced at just $4! It will be Brandon Pirri’s first time facing the Flyers; the centre has three goals and two assists during a four-game point streak. Fans have just three more chances to see the Panthers this season; it’s wild that there are seats available for $5 or less to each remaining game, so take advantage!
4/2/14 – The Panthers have lost seven of their last eight and are out of the playoff running. While they dropped last night’s game to the Islanders, Florida did get off to a good start. Defenseman Jonathan Racine made his NHL debut filling in for Ed Jovanovski and the Panthers got a shorthanded goal for the second game in a row, just the fourth in franchise history. The team will finish the regular-season with five straight home games. Friday’s game against the Calgary Flames is the cheapest, averaging $29 while Florida Panthers tickets to next Thursday’s meeting versus the Toronto Maple Leafs are the most expensive (avg. $46).
3/27/14 - Erik Gudbranson (knee) is expected to return to the Florida Panthers lineup tonight against Carolina after missing the past nine games. With as many games left on the Panthers schedule, Gudbranson and his teammates are looking to finish strong and start building for next year. Watch the likely future Panthers captain and co. this week at home against the Carolina Hurricanes (avg. $21) and versus the Montreal Canadiens (avg. $60). There are just seven regular-season games remaining at BB&T Center after Florida’s 3-2 SO win Tuesday against the Senators.
3/18/14 – The Panthers upcoming West Coast road trip is packed with NHL Playoff bound teams. Losing four of their last five, Florida will try to pull off an upset on their last long trip of the season. Panthers reigning Calder Trophy recipient Jonathan Huberdeau, who left the game against Vancouver with an upper body injury, did not travel with the team to California. As a result, left winger Garrett Wilson will make his NHL debut at the Shark Tank tonight. The only other time Florida and San Jose met this season, the Sharks shutout the Panthers 3-0 in Sunrise behind a 24-save performance by backup goalie Alex Stalock.
3/10/14 – In the final hours of the NHL trade deadline, the Florida Panthers traded Tim Thomas to the Dallas Stars for Dan Ellis. The swap of goalies wasn’t the only news at the position for the Panthers; Florida acquired Roberto Luondo Tuesday from the Canucks. Luondo returns to the Florida Panthers roster while backup Scott Clemmensen was sent to Florida’s minor-league affiliate in San Antonio. Get a look at the new goalie tandem when the Panthers take on the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night in the cheapest regular-season game remaining at BB&T Center!
3/3/14 – After losing their first two games after the Olympic break, the Panthers are back on track with a 5-3 win over the Isles to snap a four-game losing streak. Florida has made some minor changes to its roster, acquiring RW Mark Mancari from the St Louis Blues in exchange for LW Eric Selleck and adding Hawks’ Brandon Pirri in exchange for 2 draft picks. The biggest change will be in the front office as Florida Panthers president Michael Yormark stepped down to help Jay Z run the business side of Roc Nation. Rory Babich is expected to take over for Yormark Monday afternoon.
2/26/14 - Good news and bad news South Florida hockey fan - your Panthers have no shot at the playoffs, but you can see them skate against one of the best teams, the Boston Bruins on March 9 starting at under $20 per ticket and the average ticket price for all remaining games is second lowest in the league at just $51/game. That’s a pretty good deal to get out of the heat and humidity and enjoy some NHL hockey, and use the BB&T Center’s AC instead of yours.
2/21/14 – Before the break, the Florida Panthers lost five of their last six and were outscored by a margin of 24-8 in those losses. It’s been a tough season for the Cats and the organization who are not only suffering in attendance numbers (fourth lowest in the NHL ) but also financially, recently asking for a $86 million bailout. Now, both Panthers’ Olympic players - Centerman Aleksander Barkov and Right wing Tomas Kopecky - are hurt. But, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon and new owner Vincent Viola are ready to turn things around, making the Florida Panthers “the best franchise in sports.” With players like Nick Bjugstad, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, the potential for greatness is there; now the Panthers will need to spend in the offseason to pick up some veterans to surround the youngsters – something Vinnie has no problem doing.
2/4/14 – After three straight losses, the Florida Panthers will look to bounce back against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at home. Thursday the two teams played at the Air Canada Centre and the Leafs beat the Panthers 6-3. Rumors continue to swirl around defenceman Dmitry Kulikov, the Panthers first-round pick in 2009 who can become a restricted free agent this summer. Second-year forward Drew Shore was sent to the AHL to clear space for Aleksander Barkov, back from a knee injury; it will be Shore’s second time playing with Panthers' AHL affiliate in San Antonio, but he is expected to return following the 20-day Olympic break.
1/29/14 – The Panthers will play their third of four straight road games Thursday night in Toronto before heading to Columbus on Saturday. The Leafs have won four straight at home but the Panthers snapped a three-game series losing streak in Toronto Dec 17, the last time the two teams met. If you recall, Toronto-area native and Panthers forward Brad Boyes helped get the win, scoring his third goal in four games. Florida will return to BB&T Center Feb 4 to face the Maple Leafs on home ice. Pay an average $60 a seat to watch the Atlantic Division foes face off in Fort Lauderdale, 2.5x less per ticket than the 1/30 meeting between the two teams at Air Canada Centre.
The Panthers took a step back last season, following their first-ever postseason appearance with the lowest point total in the NHL. This season, the Panthers hope to improve and compete for a top-three spot in the realigned Atlantic Division. The average price for Panthers tickets at home in 2013-14 is $110, 22nd highest in the NHL and 37% below league average. The most expensive game at the BB&T Center comes on 12/29 against the Canadiens, averaging $158.
2/25/13 - For the first time in 12 years, the Florida Panthers advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. Although the team didn't make it far in the NHL Playoffs, things did look up for the team heading into 2013. Despite Florida's success in 2012, Panthers hockey tickets did not see the significant increases that other NHL teams saw. The average Florida Panthers tickets at BB&T Center were $60 at the beginning of the season, third cheapest in the League. BB&T Center has been the Florida Panthers arena that they have called home since the 1998 season.
Despite cheap Panthers tickets for home games, Florida was the fourth most expensive road team at the beginning of the NHL season. However, after under-performing in the beginning of the season Panthers away tickets are now thirteenth most expensive. In the last 8 years, the search for "Florida Panthers tickets" according to Google Trends was highest in January of 2013. Interest quickly fell; in one short month, searches dropped by 25%.
In the second half of the shortened 2013 NHL season, the Cats look to improve and stop their opponents from scoring; the team currently has the worst goal differential in the Eastern Conference and fewest goals. Trying to turn things around, Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau has contributed 8 goals and 13 points. Key Divisional matchups on the Florida Panthers schedule at home: Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets, and Tampa Bay Lightning.