For the past decade, you can count on a number of things — including who the Florida Panthers will play in the preseason.
The team announced its preseason schedule and there are very few surprises on it.
Florida will again open the exhibition season with a doubleheader at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise against the Nashville Predators.
This time, however, Andrew Brunette will be on the opposing bench.
The Panthers will also play home-and-home series with Carolina and Tampa Bay — although it will be a home-and-home-and-Orlando set with the Lightning.
On Oct. 3, the Panthers and Lightning will renew their in-state feud in downtown Orlando at the home of the Magic and Solar Bears.
The two will then play at their respective arenas to close out the preseason.
Before that happens, however, the Panthers will travel to Nova Scotia to play the Ottawa Senators in the Kraft Hockeyville series.
The NHL will be releasing the full schedule at a later time.
FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK
- Monday: NHL Awards, Nashville
- Wednesday/Thursday: NHL Draft, Nashville (Florida has picks in Rounds 2, 4, 5, 6 & 7)
- Friday: Buyout period ends
- July 1: Free agency opens, noon
- Mid-September: Training Camp, South Florida
- Sept. 25: Preseason starts, doubleheader v. Nashville @ Sunrise
- Oct. 7: Preseason ends, vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
- Mid-October: Start of 2023-24 Regular Season