2) Tuesday October 22nd: Chicago Blackhawks at Florida Panthers
One of the cool aspects of the new schedule is that every team in the league will play in each arena at least once. This means that Eastern Conference teams like the Panthers will face every Western Conference team twice, once at home and once on the road. Fans of hockey in South Florida will be excited to note that the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks will be making their appearance at the BB&T Center within the first month of the season. You do not even have to be a Panthers fan to get primed for this one, just look at the names on the Blackhawks roster: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and on and on.
The Panthers-Blackhawks also features the added dimension of the Dale Tallon connection. Tallon is universally credited as the architect of the Blackhawks’ 2009-10 Cup and as the general manager who drafted Kane and Toews he deserves at least some credit for their most recent Cup. Tallon’s rebuild of the Panthers has yet to reach those lofty heights and even though they are much different situations, the comparisons between the two franchise will be numerous when the Blackhawks come to town.