Game #4: Saturday, March 7th, 2020, Montreal Canadiens
For the first time on this list, the matchup features more than just a good game. On March 7th, the Florida Panthers will retire their 2nd number, the #1, for Roberto Luongo.
Luongo, who spent 11 seasons with the Panthers, holds multiple records for the club and should have every Panthers fan attending. Luongo is arguably the greatest player to don the Panthers colors in 25 seasons and should be honored appropriately by the fans.
The ceremony for Luongo should take place before puck drop, which is what happened the last time the Panthers raised a number to the rafters. The first time, the Panthers didn’t honor one of their former players, so this retirement will be the number one of both jersey numbers and honoring players.
For someone who did so much for this franchise and the community around BB&T, it shouldn’t be any more fitting that he is honored as such.
The game, meanwhile, should feature two teams fighting for playoff contention, with the Panthers and Montreal Canadiens believing they can push well above their weight this season. This should be a very-well coached game, as Coach Q and Claude Julien are two of the best that hockey has to offer.
Outside of that, Bobrovsky will face yet another Vezina Rival in Carey Price. Price, who had a 35-24-6 record last year with a 2.49 GAA, tends to always be a fun player to watch.
This game should be fun, but all attention should go to the jersey retirement.