The Florida Panthers represent the state of Florida in the NHL and are based in Sunrise, Florida, in the Miami metropolitan area. The Panthers play hockey in the Southern Division of the Eastern Conference. Catch all the action live and get the best deals on tickets at Gold Coast Tickets today!
The franchise joined the NHL in 1993 as an expansion team for Miami. In its 19-year history, the Panthers have often struggled to find success but recent years they have proven to be on the brink of the turnaround. The 2011-12 NHL season was the first time since 1996 that the Panthers qualified for a playoff and the achievement has since invigorated Florida’s fan-base. The Panthers have played their home games at the Bank Atlantic Center since 1998 and it has a capacity of 19,250 for hockey games. The Tampa Bay Lightning is the closest NHL team in terms of proximity and is often considered the Panthers’ biggest rival.
We all saw red last season as the Florida Panthers finished 1st in the Southeast Division and qualified for their first playoffs in 12 years. The New Jersey Devils may have defeated them during the opening round of the playoffs, but the Panthers are keen on showing fans that they are ready to put a rough decade behind them. Entering the 2013 NHL season, the Panthers seem to be pretty confident in their first round draft pick from last year, Jonathan Huberdeau, who many consider to be one of the best prospects in the NHL and potentially a future superstar for the Sunshine State. The Panthers also signed forward George Parros who will add some aggression to an already physical line. Tomáš Fleischmann led the Panthers in goals last year with a total of 27 and Brian Campbell led in assists with 49. Goaltender José Théodore averaged 2.46 goals allowed per game during his first season with the franchise and will be looking to improve during the offseason. With a promising centers and additions that will likely add to the their physicality, the Florida Panthers will look to continue their recent success into the 2013 NHL season. Make sure to get your tickets from your guy at Gold Coast Tickets and don’t miss out on the action this season!
For more information on the Florida Panthers and their 2013 NHL season, visit their website at: http://panthers.nhl.com