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2012 NHL Playoffs, Panthers Vs. Devils Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Florida Panthers finally return to the postseason on Friday night, hosting Game 1 in their first-round series against the New Jersey Devils.

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The Florida Panthers begin their quest for the Stanley Cup on Friday night in Sunrise, hosting the No. 6 seed New Jersey Devils. The Cats and Devils are the last series to start, with the puck scheduled to drop at 7:00 p.m. -- the first of four playoff games, with the subsequent three all at crucial Game 2.

While the Cats may be the home team and No. 3 seed, the Devils played in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division and finished the season with eight more points than your Southeast Division Champions. The Cats will no doubt rely heavily on playoff veteran goaltender Jose Theodore. It's an exciting time for hockey fans in South Florida, and it all begins Friday night. Complete schedule and broadcast information below:

Game Date & Time: Friday, April 13th, 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida

TV Schedule: NHLNetwork, TSN, RDSI (Nationally); Fox Sports - Florida (Locally)

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Panthers' playoff push, visit Litter Box Cats. For the opponent's perspective throughout the series, head over to In Lou We Trust. For all your hockey news and notes and more on each playoff series, keep up with SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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