Published September 16, 2013
It's finally hockey season in South Florida, and Florida Panthers fans couldn't be more excited about their hometown team finally dropping the puck.
Actually, about that ...
. @OHPressbox "Looks like a Phoenix Coyotes game." #FlaPanthers #Predators pic.twitter.com/9rdxqEqvkS
-- Erin Brown (@rinkside) September 16, 2013 In fairness, the game -- which was the first half of a double-header -- did start in the middle of a Monday afternoon in September. And as FOX Sports Florida's Erin Brown explains , NHL teams often prefer such a schedule for the purposes of scouting during the preseason.
Still, that didn't stop some in the hockey community from cracking a few jokes at the Panthers' expense:
Last night @mtscentre had 15,004 for #NHLJets pre-season. @FlaPanthers played in front of arena staff today. #Bush pic.twitter.com/sov6Ow0aDR
-- Power 97 Winnipeg (@Power97) September 16, 2013 " @ChrisMuellerPGH : Oh god that Panthers crowd is amazing to the nth degree." Time to move to Canada
-- john dedig (@jdedig88) September 16, 2013 That awkward moment when the 67's draw a bigger crowd in SMITHS FALLS than the Panthers or Coyotes draw at home in the pre-season.
-- Alex Quevillon (@A_Quevillon) September 16, 2013 Look like #Panthers fans have stolen "dress like a seat" concept from Phoenix pic.twitter.com/cTIXBNG56d #Coyotes
-- Julien-P. Léveillé (@julienpleveille) September 16, 2013 Clearly, this team needs more Tebow .