If the Panthers are going to repeat as Southeast Division champions this season, a quick start will likely be needed.
That won't be easy.
The 2013 lockout-shortened schedule was released late Saturday night with the Panthers opening at home on Jan. 19 against Carolina; the Cats will close the 48-game season on April 28 in Tampa Bay.
The Panthers will have seven back-to-back sets this season starting next Monday as Florida's first road trip has it playing in Ottawa on Jan. 21 and in Montreal the following night.
Tough slate of games awaits Florida Panthers
Miami Herald | Jan 13