The Florida Panthers, fresh off their first playoff berth since 2012 and arguably the best regular season in franchise history, will open the 2016-17 season at BB&T Center against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 13, the NHL announced Monday.
The full schedule will be released Tuesday.
This marks the second year in a row the Panthers open their season at home. They defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1 in the 2015-16 season opener. All time, the Panthers are 7-0-2 when they host season openers.
The 2016-17 regular season starts slightly later than usual because of the return of the World Cup of Hockey, which takes place Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto. The schedule will be more compressed because of the World Cup and the bye week each team will have.
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The Panthers ended last season with a franchise-best 47 wins en route to their second division title in franchise history. They lost 4-2 in a seven-game series against the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.