The Florida Panthers were formed as a part of the NHL expansion initiative in 1993. The
team is part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. They play their home
games in Sunrise, Florida and that has been their home ever since their conception.
Surprisingly, the Florida Panthers tickets sales have been very good ever since they were
first formed. This was probably helped by the fact that the 1995-96 season saw them make
it to the Stanley Cup final. Such a run was unprecedented for a new franchise and Florida
Panthers tickets holders certainly enjoyed some terrific hockey.
This success was not sustained and the team struggled in the forthcoming seasons. The
rest of the 1990s saw few playoff berths and mostly seasons filled with disappointment and
regret. A mixture of injuries and bad trade deals meant the Florida Panthers tickets holders
simply did not see their team compete with the best.
The past five years have been hit and miss for Florida Panthers tickets holders. The
four seasons preceding the last one saw the team come 3rd, 3rd, 5th, and 5th in their
conference. They even had a losing season in 2009-10 and 2010-11. However, there was
welcome relief for fans as the team managed to reach the Stanley Cup QFs in 2011-12. They
lost to the Devils, however just making it past the regular season and winning the division
was considered a success. Now fans will want management to ensure that was not a one off,
but a step towards greater successes.
The Florida Panthers have played their home games at the BB&T Center since 1998.
The team manages to sell out Florida Panthers tickets for most of these games. Around
19,250 can fit in for home games. That is a high capacity for the NHL and it shows just how
popular Florida Panthers tickets sales are. Most of these tickets are sold as season packages.
The arena itself can also host basketball games and music concerts. However, at the present
the Panthers are the only sports team that calls it their home.
The great thing about Panthers fans is how well they reacted to having an NHL team in their
area. Most felt that Sunrise, Florida was not the ideal location for a franchise, but they have
been proven very wrong. Floridians from all over the state are proud to have the Panthers
as their local team and they do everything they can to support the franchise. This is shown
every year in the high quantity of seasonal Florida Panthers tickets sales.
While they have not been around for a long time, the Panthers have a few hall of famers
already. The likes of Ed Belfour, Pavel Bure, and Igor Larionov were fan favorites and are hall
of fame members of the Panthers. Those who buy Florida Panthers tickets will be hoping
that the 2012-2013 bunch can be just as prolific as some of those stars were. The team has
eight new members for the 2012-2013 season so management is definitely looking to make
next year's playoff appearance a stepping stone for greater success.
12-2-13: Florida had three games this past week, which was the beginning of a five-game home stand. The Panthers won only one game over the Flyers on the back of a 38-save performance from Tim Thomas. The Rangers and Penguins both lit up Thomas and the Panthers for ten goals against. Peter Horachek’s top defensive pair of Brian Campbell and Tom Gilbert has been relatively successful this season. The trouble is that the rest of the defense corps is a combined minus-40.
11-25-13: It was a strange week for the Panthers won once in the shootout, lost in the shootout once, and lost in regulation to the Oilers. Florida still needs a ton of work before they become a contender in the East. It’s a real shame the Panthers don’t get the support they deserve in South Florida. If they were in a true hockey market the names Jonathan Huburdeau Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad would be household names.
11-18-13: The Panthers actually had a good week beating the red-hot Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche. They did however lose to Minnesota. Tim Thomas stopped 64 of 67 shots (0.955 save percentage) in Florida’s two wins but allowed three goals on just 20 shots (0.850 save percentage) versus the Wild. The Panthers are the only team in the NHL below 10 percent on the powerplay. The Cats are clicking at an abysmal 9.5 percent. Florida must turn that number around quickly if they want any chance of salvaging their season.
11-12-13: The Panthers haven’t won a game in nine contests and head coach Kevin Dineen got the axed and was fired last week along with both his assistants. The Panthers have only three wins on the year and one of those wins came via the shootout. Florida along with the Oilers are the only two teams in the NHL with sub-900 save percentage five-on-five. If you can’t stop the puck you won’t win many hockey games. That’s a fact.
11-5-13: The Panthers are currently in midst of a five-game losing streak. They have only three regulation wins on the season and only one in their last 13 games since their opening win against Dallas. This team and franchise is a flat out joke. They have no fans whatsoever. They have a bunch of young talent that is going to waste such as Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. It’s time to start the Kevin Dineen coaching watch now.
10-29-13: After a dismal start to the year, the Panthers had a chance to make up some ground with a five-game homestand. Well, that hasn’t gone according to plan. The Panthers have only a shootout win during that stretch and lost all three games this week. When will the 31st overall pick in 2008, Jacob Markstrom, take control of the net for Florida? He’s looked awful in his nine starts this year with a 1-4-2 record and an abysmal .887 save percentage.
10-21-13: Much was made about Tim Thomas’ disappointing loss to his former team, the Boston Bruins. The Panthers followed up their loss to Boston with a solid shootout victory against the Minnesota Wild. It’s already been an up-and-down season for Kevin Dineen and his squad. Much of Florida’s success will hedge on Tim Thomas’ health and how well he plays throughout the year. That’s something I would not like if I were a Panthers fan. Brian Campebell and Tom Gilbert have been steady on the blueline thus far.
Getting off to a quick start has been the problem for head coach Kevin Dineen and the Florida Panthers. They have given up the second most goals in the NHL and starting goalie Tim Thomas is recovering from a groin injury. Center Nick Bjugstad was taken off injured reserve and could an option in next coming days. The lone bright spot for the Panthers was their 6-3 victory last Friday against the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins.
10-7-13: Florida had a big opening night win in Dallas, in which rookie Aleksander Barkov scored his first career NHL goal. They followed up that win with a 7-0 drubbing to the hands of the St. Louis Blues. Tim Thomas has actually looked okay in his return to the NHL.
8-22-13: The Florida Panthers went from a division title to the worst team in the NHL last season. They were decimated by injuries and did not get production from their top players; however there is hope in South Florida. Florida possesses the deepest prospect pool in the NHL and the Panthers brass is hoping their youth movement will translate into success in the realigned Atlantic Division. Florida kicks off their 20th anniversay season Oct. 3 in Dallas, which is the beginning of a four-game road trip. The Panthers home open against Pittsburgh on Oct. 11 will be a “throwback” night.
8-3-13: The Panthers have signed two-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Gomez to a one-year deal.
Panthers 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #2: Aleksander Barkov, C
Pick #31: Ian McCoshen, D
Pick #92: Evan Cowley, G
Pick #97: Michael Downing, D
Pick #98: Matt Buckles, C
Pick #122: Christopher Clapperton,LW
Pick #152: Joshua Brown, D
Pick #206: MacKenzie Weegar, D