The NHL released the 2013-14 schedule yesterday, and as expected, the Florida Panthers schedule is the same as the one that leaked earlier in the week. That means the Panthers will begin their season on October 3rd at Dallas. You can check out the Panthers’ entire 2013-14 schedule here.
- The regular season will kick off on October 1st and will run through April 13th. The playoffs will begin April 16th.
- Three games will kick off the season on the 1st of October. The Maple Leafs will face off against the Canadiens, Chicago will play the Capitals and the Jets will play the Oilers.
- As expected, there will be six outdoor games this season. The Winter Classic will take place at Michigan Stadium on January 1st and will pit the Red Wings against the Maple Leafs. There will be four games in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (you can just imagine the “Cold as the rockies” type advertisement Coors has in store to shove down our throats). The games will be as follows: Anaheim Ducks vs Los Angeles Kings Jan 25th at Dodger Stadium, two games at Yankee Stadium, the Rangers vs the Devils and Islanders January 26th and 29th respectively and finally the Penguins and Blackhawks will face off at Soldier Field on March 1st. The last outdoor game will be the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic involving the Ottawa Senators vs the Canucks on March 2nd.
- The Panthers will be playing in the….wait for it…. Atlantic Division. The other Eastern Conference division will be named the Metropolitan Division. The Western Conference will be broken down into the Pacific and Central Divisions.
- The Panthers will play 14 back-to-backs. Nine of these will include both games on the road.
- True to their relative national interest, the Panthers will only play two games that are televised nationally in the US. The NHL Network will show the Panthers vs the Red Wings on Dec 28th and NBC Sports Network will air the Panthers vs the Devils on March 31st.
- Stay tuned to the Rat Trick for a complete breakdown of the Panthers schedule.