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NHL OPENING SATURDAY NIGHT: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

SATURDAY SEASON OPENER

Who: Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers

When, Where: 7:30 p.m.; BB&T/BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise

Tickets: Close to sold out; visit floridapanthers.com or stubhub.com

Parking: $20 for non-season ticket holders

Giveaway: All fans receive a mini Southeast Division banner

The series: Carolina leads 48-39-11; Florida won 5 of 6 last season

The game: The Panthers needed to beat the Hurricanes in the final game of last season to win the Southeast Division. Florida did so and the banner from that win goes into the rafters during a pregame ceremony. Florida lost D Jason Garrison and RW Mikael Samuelsson to free agency over the summer but, aside from additions like forwards Peter Mueller, Alex Kovalev and rookie Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida looks a lot like last year's version. Carolina looked to improve itself by signing Washington's Alexander Semin as well as trading for Jordan Staal. Those two join captain Eric Staal to create perhaps the most dynamic line in the division.

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