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5 Must Watch Games: On the Road

A look at five intriguing match ups the Flyers will face away from home in 2017-18

by @NHLFlyers

While you'll certainly want to tune into every game this season, sometimes circumstances just don't allow it. Below are five games on the road that you definitely don't want to miss:

Wednesday, Oct. 4: at San Jose Sharks

After 179 days of summer, hockey season officially returns.

For the second straight year the Flyers will open their season on the West Coast with some late-night hockey! Even though they won last season's opener in LA, they'll have a daunting task to repeat that success. The Sharks own the NHL's longest active winning streak for season opening games, winning their last seven openers dating back to 2010.

The Flyers will have a different look - a younger look - that could give the 2016 Western Conference Champs a difficult time. The Sharks didn't have too many changes in the off-season, but are still anchored by Norris Trophy winning defenseman Brent Burns and captain Joe Pavelski along with Joe Thornton and Logan Couture up front.

Monday, Nov. 27: at Pittsburgh Penguins

The Flyers meet their archrivals and defending Stanley Cup Champion for the first time this year.

The Pens will offer a bit of a different look this season, which will be the first without goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in 13 years. Chris Kunitz and Nick Bonino are also gone from the Pens, but cornerstones Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel all return, as does starter Matt Murray.

As far as last year's season series, the Pens won the first two meetings including the outdoor Stadium Series contest, but the Flyers struck back by winning the final two meetings in dominating fashion (4-0 and 6-2) in a pair of March matchups.

Tuesday, Jan. 16: at New York Rangers

After 289 days and 43 games into the season, the Flyers will finally meet their rivals from the Big Apple for the first time. In fact, the Flyers will see the Rangers cross-town rival, NY Islanders, three times before they even face the Blueshirts in 2018.

Last year's Flyers-Rangers series saw the Flyers win one of the four meetings with the lone victory coming at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers actually struggled a bit last season at MSG, going 21-16-4 compared to their dominant road record (27-12-2).

Time will tell if the Rangers keep up their style of a balanced, come-at-you attack by rolling all four lines, but the Flyers will up to the task with their youngest lineup in recent years.

Tuesday, Jan. 23: at Detroit Red Wings

The Flyers visit the "New Joe" (actually named Little Caesar's Arena) for the first time as the Red Wings will move into a new home for the first time in nearly 38 years… and if the first game in the new building is anything like the last one these teams played, you'll definitely won't want to miss it.

The last game at "The Joe" featured a 1-0 overtime thriller as rookie goaltender Anthony Stolarz secured his first career NHL shutout in just his second career start and Brayden Schenn scored the game-winner.

In fact, Flyers-Red Wings match-ups have all been tight battles. Four of the last six meetings have gone past regulation play, including all three games last season that saw the Flyers winning both in overtime, but dropping the middle game in a shootout.

Sunday, Feb. 11: at Vegas Golden Knights

This will be the first look Flyers fans get to see of the new expansion franchise and the team will be playing the Golden Knights under difficult circumstances.

For starters, with the NHL season past the midway point, the brand new Vegas squad will have had time to gel together as a team. The Flyers will also be playing the second game of a back-to-back, as well as a fourth game in a six-day span - three of which are on the road.

Beyond that, the moment will have a little bit of history to it - the Flyers will be facing an expansion team for the first time since they played the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 29, 2000 (a span of 6,283 days - 17 years, 2 months & 13 days)


Tuesday, Oct. 10: at Nashville Predators

- An emotional night in Nashville will see the Predators raise their first-ever Conference Championship banner as the Flyers take on the West's Best from last season.

Saturday, Oct. 28: at Toronto Maple Leafs

- Matthews, Marner, Nylander and a host of other young talent will be on display against a Flyers team that is getting younger year-by-year.

Tuesday, Mar. 27: at Dallas Stars

- Perhaps no one had as much movement and additions to the lineup than the Dallas Stars did over the summer. Radulov, Hanzel and Mark Methot were added, plus they solidified their net presence with a six-year deal to Ben Bishop.

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