5 Can’t-Miss Florida Panthers Games in 2014-15

5 Can’t-Miss Panthers Games in 2014-15

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The Florida Panthers will enter the 2014-15 season with a refurbished lineup as well as a new coach. With these changes, the Panthers will be looking to make their first Stanley Cup Playoff run since 2012. The Panthers' road to the playoffs will feature a medley of thrilling and challenging games.

Here are five Panthers games you will not want to miss.

5. Apr. 11: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers

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5. Apr. 11: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers

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The Panthers' last game of the season could prove to be a pivotal one as they will be fighting for a spot in the playoffs. The Panthers acquired Dave Bolland and Jussi Jokinen through free agency, so their lineup packs a lot more punch than it has in the past. The Panthers will also be starting the season with a new coach. Saying the Panthers could make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs next year is a bold statement, but it is not unrealistic.

4. Oct. 11: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers

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4. Oct. 11: New Jersey Devils at Florida Panthers

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Like their last game of the season, the Panthers will also face the Devils for their home opener at BB&T Center. The Panthers and Devils have a temperate rivalry, so you know the game is going to be action-packed.

3. Feb. 24: Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks

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3. Feb. 24: Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks

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Dave Bolland was a key player when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and 2013. But after six full seasons with the Blackhawks, Bolland was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bolland then went on to become a free agent and eventually signed with the Panthers. This will be the first reunion between Bolland and the Blackhawks since his sudden departure.

2. Oct. 9: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning

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2. Oct. 9: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Panthers share the same aspirations of reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs as their neighbors in Tampa Bay, thus creating the Panthers' biggest rivalry. The atmosphere at a Panthers and Lightning game is electric and fans are always guaranteed a riveting campaign. This is also the Panthers' first game of the season.

1. Jan. 8: Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks

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1. Jan. 8: Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks

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Roberto Luongo played with the Panthers from 2000 until he was traded to the Canucks in 2006. Luongo then played seven full seasons with the Canucks, until he found himself being traded back to Florida once more. Jan. 8 will be the first time Luongo will come face-to-face with his former teammates since the trade.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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