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|The Philadelphia Flyers will open the 2008-09 season on Saturday, October 11 against the New York Rangers at the Wachovia Center. (Getty Images) |
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they will open their 42nd National Hockey League season on Saturday, October 11, against the New York Rangers at the Wachovia Center. The 82-game regular season slate will conclude on Sunday, April 12, with a home game against the Rangers.
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors approved a scheduling matrix which ensures that each Club will play every other Club a minimum of once per season, starting with the 2008-09 season.
With the NHL’s regular season schedule format still emphasizing division rivalries, each Club will play the teams in its division three times at home and three times on the road for a total of 24 games. The Flyers compete in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, along with the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, so the Flyers will play six games against each of their four divisional opponents.
In addition, the Flyers will play four games, twice at home and twice on the road, against each of the 10 non-division clubs in the Eastern Conference (the five teams in the Northeast Division - Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs and the five teams in the Southeast Division - Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals). That brings the in-conference total to 64 games and maintains the integrity of a conference-based playoff system.
The remaining 18 games in the 82-game schedule will involve each Club playing each Club in the other conference at least once, home or away, with the three remaining games being devoted to interconference “at-large” scheduling. This season, the Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks will be the Flyers’ interconference “at-large” opponents. The Flyers will play Colorado, Los Angeles and San Jose both at home and on the road this season.
A breakdown of Flyers' home games by days of the week is as follows: Saturday, 11; Thursday, 9; Tuesday, 7; Sunday, 4; Wednesday, 4; Monday, 3; and Friday, 3. The Flyers' 41-game home schedule will also feature eight regular season afternoon games (November 2 vs. Edmonton, November 28 vs. Carolina, December 13 vs. Pittsburgh, December 20 vs. Washington, February 14 vs. NY Islanders, February 21 vs. Pittsburgh, March 14 vs. NY Rangers and April 12 vs. NY Rangers).
The longest Flyers' road trip of the season lasts six games, from December 26 through January 6. During the trip, they will play games against Chicago, Columbus, Vancouver, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Washington. The Flyers' longest homestand of the season is a five-game stretch from March 5 through 14, when they will host Calgary, Nashville, Buffalo, Washington and NY Rangers.
The 2009 NHL All-Star Celebration will get underway on Saturday, January 24, at Bell Centre in Montreal with the NHL SuperSkills Competition and the NHL YoungStars Game, and will be followed by the 57th NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 25.
All night games at the Wachovia Center start at 7:00 p.m. and all afternoon games start at 1:00 p.m., except April 12, which starts at 5:00 p.m.
The television and radio schedule for the Flyers’ 2008-09 regular season games will be announced at a later date.
Full and partial ticket packages are now on sale. Both full and partial ticket packages are packed with exclusive benefits and incentives. Full season ticket packages range from $1,012 to $3,476, while there are four 11-game plans to choose from, each ranging in price from $451 to $627.
For more information on season tickets and game plans, please call the Flyers Sales Department at (215) 218-PUCK (7825).