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Panthers/Lightning playoff matchup would ignite rivalry

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have what should be a natural geographic rival in the Florida Panthers. They are both in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Shouldn’t this be a rivalry where checking opponents into the bench or five-minute fighting majors are part of the fabric of each game? Yes, but it isn’t yet. This could, and should change. The two teams have played each other 118 times since their first meeting in the 1993-94 season. None of those…

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