Five Florida Panthers First Half Games To Watch

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Apr 2, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) takes a shot on goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Keith Aulie (3) defends during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

3) Sunday October 27th: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers

With the formation of the new Atlantic Division, the Panthers will be losing all but one of their division rivals from the defunct Southeast Division. The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals will be playing in the Metropolitan Division while the Winnipeg Jets are moving to the more geographically reasonable Western Conference. That leaves the Tampa Bay Lightning as the only remaining Panther division rival. After almost one month under the new NHL schedule, things are bound to feel a bit weird so it will be nice to welcome an old foe into the BB&T Center when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town. Both franchises struggled last year but that does not mean there will be no marquee players when the two sides meet. With Stamkos and St. Louis, the Lightning are rarely boring to watch meanwhile the Panthers are flush with young players looking to make a name for themselves against the teams geographic rival. Add to all this, the addition of Barkov and Jonathan Drouin to the mix,  and we have a recipe for some tasty match ups.

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