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FAMILIAR PRESEASON: Panthers open with Nashville, finish with Tampa Bay

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The Florida Panthers open their preseason with a doubleheader in Nashville on Sept. 20 and finish with a home game against the defending Eastern Conference champion Lightning on Oct. 3.
The 2015-16 regular season schedule is expected to be released this week prior to the NHL Draft being held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

For the third straight season -- and second in Nashville -- the Panthers and Predators will play a day-night doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the second at 8.

Florida will play two of its six exhibition games at home (Sept. 22 against Dallas; Oct. 3 against Tampa Bay) and four on the road (Nashville, Tampa Bay on Sept. 25 and Dallas on Sept. 27).

Florida Panthers 2015-16 preseason schedule -- Sept. 20: at Nashville (2), 4:30/8 p.m.; Sept. 22: Dallas, 7:30; Sept. 25: at Tampa Bay, 7:30; Sept. 27: at Dallas, 8; Oct. 3: Tampa Bay, 7.