Florida has three homestands consisting of five games each, including one to close out the regular season.
• Florida’s longest road trip will be a eight-day affair as the Panthers visit Minnesota, Colorado, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary from Nov. 15-22. The Panthers also have four different four-game trips during the season.
• With the Panthers having to visit all western teams at least once, Florida will have two trips to the west coast. The Panthers first western swing comes in November during the five-game swing. Florida then visits San Jose, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Anaheim from March 18-23.
“I’m happy about that; they’re not only split up but laid out well,” Dineen said. “I like being able to play a game in every city. I think that’s the way it should be set up. It is a challenge from where we are located.”
• As usual, the Panthers are home during the winter holidays when there are plenty of tourists in South Florida. The Panthers have a five-game homestand during Thanksgiving week, with Philadelphia, the Rangers, Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Winnipeg coming to town.
Florida will also be home for Christmas, with Tampa Bay coming Dec. 23. The Wings play here Dec. 28 with Montreal (Dec. 29), New York (New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m.) and Nashville (Jan. 4) also in Sunrise.
• Florida visits Stephen Weiss and the Red Wings for the first time on Dec. 7. Weiss’ Sunrise Homecoming will be three days later on Dec. 10.
The Panthers allowed Weiss, the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, to walk as a free agent. Weiss signed a five-year deal with Detroit on July 5.
“I think it will be pretty emotional for Stephen,” Dineen said. “He’s a guy who enjoyed his time in Florida. I think the relationship couldn’t have ended any better than it did. There was mutual respect on both sides. That’s never an easy game to play. We wish him well on a personal level — except in the games in which we are playing him.”
• The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks visit Sunrise on Oct. 22.