Florida Panthers Announce 2012 Preseason Schedule

By Rob McMahon

The Florida Panthers have announced it’s 2012 preseason schedule, which will kick off Monday, September 24th with a doubleheader against the Nashville Predators. Kicking off “Hockey day in South Florida” at 2:30PM will be the first of two games against Nashville at the BankAtlantic Center. Last season during the doubleheader some players were available for signings in between games, as well as events for everyone, I imagine this season will be about the same. The second game will start at 7:00PM, so if you like the idea of being at the rink for an ‘all day’ outing I suggesting grabbing a ticket and making your way out for this event, it’s a blast!

September 28th Florida will make it’s way to San Antonio, playing the Dallas Stars at 8:30PM at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, home of the Panthers AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage. Alternating the next day, Sept 29th Florida will play in Dallas at American Airlines Center at 8:00PM. October 2nd Florida will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Germain Arena in Estero Florida at 7:00PM, then two days later on the 4th take on the Lightning again at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 7:30PM. The final game of the 2012 preseason schedule will be played at the BankAtlantic Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning before the two teams square off October 13th for their season opener.

“We have put together a great preseason schedule that gives our fans numerous chances to see our team play and practice in South Florida, as well as an exhibition game on Florida’s west coast,” said Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon. “The schedule gives our coaching staff ample time to prepare our players for the start of the regular season and provides our club with the opportunity to play a game in the home of our American Hockey League affiliate.”

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