Pre-Season Preview: Games 1 And 2

Today will be a historic day not just for the Florida Panthers, but for hockey as a whole. In fact, today is the first time that a double header preseason game has ever been played in the NHL.

The Florida Panthers, and their fans, are very excited to see a new team that had a complete overhaul this summer as General Manager Dale Tallon and company retooled and reinvented the hockey side of the Florida Panthers operation. With so many new faces, including the very talented Scotty Upshall, Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell and Ed Jovanoski just name a few, the Panthers have much to look forward to during this pre-season.

Not only does today bring the excitement of new faces and renewed hope and optimism, but today also bring s a historic look at a double header with the Cats facing off against the Nashville Predators in two games, one at 3PM and one at 7:30PM.

Mike Santos, Assistant General Manager of the Panthers, told me yesterday “I wanted to do this even back in Nashville when I was working there, I don’t think that anybody had the courage to try it, but training camp is so short now, that to try to get as many players on the ice as quickly as possible is key, and here we get 40 players on the ice, two thirds of our training camp will get to play in one day, this will help our scout see the players and evaluate them better and we will see if it works. If it is successful then not only will we do it again but you will probably see a lot of NHL teams start to do this, it’s all to maximize time”

It should be a lot of fun for the Panthers fans who come out! We at the Rat Trick hope to see you there!

Here’s today’s rosters: 

Game 1-Panthers












Game 1- Nashville

Jonathon Blum

Chris Mueller

Zack Stortini

Jordin Tootoo

Jerred Smithson

Kyle Wilson

Colin Wilson

Scott Ford

Josh Shalla

Ryan Ellis

Jeffrey Foss

Taylor Beck

Juuso Puustinen

Mark Van Guilder

Jani Lajunen

Sergei Kostitsyn

Scott Valentine

Tyler Sloan


Jeremy Smith

Chet Pickard


Game 2- Panthers





Defensive pairings








Game 2- Nashville

Teemu Laakso

Blake Geoffrion

Kevin Klein

David Legwand

Craig Smith

Cal O’Reilly

Niclas Bergfors

Matt Halischuk

Patric Hornqvist

Jack Hillen

Mattias Ekholm

Ryan Flynn

Michael Latta

Gabriel Bourque

Victor Bartley

Ryan Thang

Austin Watson

Taylor Aronson


Atte Engren

Anders Lindback

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