The Florida Panthers announced their regular season schedule for 2014-15 on Sunday and will begin play on October 9th.
The Panthers had a disappointing 2013-14 season and are looking to turn things around heading into next year. Last season concluded with Florida in 7th place in the Atlantic division marking another year without qualifying for the post-season.
Since the 1999-2000 season, Florida has only made the playoffs one time. That was in 2011-12 when the team fell in the Conference Quarterfinals to the New Jersey Devils.
The 2014-15 season opener is in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. Things get started at home two days later against the Devils at BB&T Center.
Among the key games on the schedule is a meeting with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings on November 18th in California. The champs will also head to South Florida on February 5th.
12 times in the year, the Panthers will play back-to-back contests and all but three of those will come on the road. Playing two games in two days is always a challenge for a team and is especially tough when both come away from home.
February and March will have challenges of their own for the Panthers as the team will play 15 games in each month.