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5 Must Watch Games: Home Sweet Home

Why you don't want to miss these five games at the Wells Fargo Center…

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

With training camp two weeks away, it won't be long for regular season hockey to kick off at the Wells Fargo Center. You'll want to catch all the action, but below are a few games with notable storylines you definitely won't want to miss - and you can reserve your seat for the games HERE.

Saturday, Oct. 14: vs. Washington Capitals

The opening night show at the Wells Fargo Center is one you never want to miss in person… and on top of that, the marquee match up is against Alex Ovechkin & Co.

The Capitals look to continue being a perennial powerhouse after winning their second straight President's Trophy as regular season champions. Beyond that, the Flyers will be facing a familiar squad with Ovechkin, Niklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and TJ Oshie signed to a brand new eight year contract.

Two of the four meetings last season went past regulation, including the Flyers' 3-2 shootout win over the Caps on Dec. 21 that saw Wayne Simmonds score the winner in the shootout… And those into history might remember the last time the Flyers opened against the Caps - a 6-5 overtime thriller in 2009 when Danny Briere scored the game-winner.

Saturday, Oct. 21: vs. Edmonton Oilers

NHL superstar Connor McDavid practically pulled off an NHL Awards sweep last season with the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsey Award and the Art Ross as the NHL's leading scorer as the only player to reach 100 points.

Oh, and these two teams seemed to have ignited a rivalry with two very heated games last season. Each team won on home ice, and the Flyers victory at the Wells Fargo Center was perhaps the most entertaining game of the year.

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Saturday, Jan. 6: vs. St. Louis Blues

Dealt in a shocking draft night trade, Brayden Schenn will return to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time with his new team.

The match up could also see the newest Flyers goaltender, Brian Elliott, face the former club he spent a majority of his NHL career with and had most of his success (Two-time NHL All-Star and William Jennings Trophy winner for lowest GAA).

Last year, the Blues surged down the stretch, winning 15 of their last 19 games (15-2-2), while the Flyers dropped both contests in the season series. What's of consolation is that history is on their side - the Flyers haven't lost three straight games to St. Louis in nearly 30 years (since 1988-89).

Thursday, Jan. 18: vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Sure, Auston Matthews, and ok, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Mike Babcock's Maple Leafs are a young and exciting group to watch, but this Flyers squad will be in a much younger team and will set up an exciting match up. But that's not the reason to attend.

This night will be all about 88.

The Flyers will retire Eric Lindros' number to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony. Just how rare of an occasion is this? With nearly 600 players to ever suit up for the Orange & Black, this is just the sixth number to be retired in the club's 51 year history and second since 2012 (#2 - Mark Howe).

Saturday, Jan. 20: vs. New Jersey Devils

Depending on how each team's training camps play out, this could be the first time Flyers fans will see a meeting between Nico & Nolan, the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in last June's draft.

What's also of note is the way the 2017-18 schedule worked out, these two teams won't see each other until Game No. 43 (Jan. 13 at NJ) - not even a single game in the preseason. They also wrap up their entire season series with four games in the span of one month.

The Flyers will also be looking for a bit of revenge against the Devils, who took four of the five meetings in last year's season series.

WORTH MENTIONING…

Monday, Oct. 30: vs. Arizona Coyotes

- They were among the most active teams in the NHL over the summer by adding center Derek Stepan and d-man Niklas Hjalmarsson to supplement their young core. It could also see the return of forward Nick Cousins, who was a part of an off-season trade before the draft.

Saturday, Mar. 10: vs. Winnipeg Jets

- Steve Mason will return to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time as an opponent after spending the last five seasons in Orange & Black.

Monday, Mar. 12: vs. Vegas Golden Knights

- Flyers fans will get to see a brand new jersey. No, not a new Flyers jersey. They will get their first look at the steel grey, gold, red and black of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

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