The Florida Panthers are into Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 1996 and their second-round series will be a rematch with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The best-of-7 series is set to begin Tuesday at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise and the Panthers will have home-ice advantage for their postseason series with their in-state rival for the second straight season.
Last year, the Lightning knocked out Florida in six games in the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs and went on to win the Stanley Cup for the second straight season. This year, the Panthers put together the best season in franchise history — winning the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time, and setting franchise records for wins and points — and won a playoff series for the first time since they reached the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals in just their third season of existence.
Florida is the No. 1 overall seed in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs and will have home-ice advantage for as long as the Cup playoffs go. Tampa Bay is the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division and upset the No. 2-seed Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs, beating the Maple Leafs, 2-1, in Game 7 on Saturday in Toronto.
The Panthers have been off since Friday, when they finished off their series victory by beating the bottom-seeded Washington Capitals, 4-3, in overtime of Game 6 at Capital One Arena in Washington.
As the higher seed, Florida will get to host Games 1 and 2 — and Games 5 and 7, if necessary. Games 3 and 4 — and Game 6, if necessary — will be in Tampa.
Panthers-Lightning series schedule, times
Game 1: Tuesday, FLA Live Arena, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Thursday, FLA Live Arena, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Sunday, Amalie Arena, 1:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4: May 23, Amalie Arena, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5: May 25, FLA Live Arena, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: May 27, Amalie Arena, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: May 29, FLA Live Arena, TBD, TBD (if necessary)
Panthers-Lightning ticket information
Ticket info: Single-game tickets for Panthers home games in the second round have been available for the general public to purchase since Saturday, the day after they clinched their spot in Round 2 of the Cup playoffs. Tickets can be purchased online on the official team website and Ticketmaster.
Tickets for all four potential second-round home games are available for purchase, but Games 5 and 7 will only be played if necessary.