The defending Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers will open their 44th season in the National Hockey League at Pittsburgh when they face off against their Atlantic Division and intra-state rival Penguins on Thursday, October 7. The Flyers will make their 2010-11 regular season debut at the Wachovia Center against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, October 11. The 82-game regular season will conclude at home for the Flyers on Saturday, April 9 when they face off against the New York Islanders.
|Mike Richards and the Philadelphia Flyers will open their season on October 7 in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images) |
"We're anxious to get the season started," said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. "We had an incredible post-season run and we want to capitalize on that momentum next season. We look forward to dropping the puck in Pittsburgh and beginning the 2010-11 season on October 7th."
The NHL regular season schedule format still sees each Club play the teams in its own division a total of six times (three times at home; three times on the road) and a total of 24 division matchups. 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. The Flyers posted a 14-9-1 record against teams in the Atlantic Division in 2009-10.
The Flyers will also face off in four games (twice at home; twice on the road) against the remaining 10 non-division teams in the Eastern Conference, which consist of the five teams in the Northeast Division (Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs) and five teams in the Southeast Division (Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals).
In addition to their Eastern Conference slate, the Flyers will play their remaining 18 games against opponents in the Western Conference with each Club playing the other conference team at least once, home or away. This also includes three remaining games designated as “at-large” games in which the Flyers will play three opponents in the Western Conference both home and on the road. The Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings are the three “at-large” opponents the Flyers will face off against.
The television and radio schedule for the Flyers’ 2010-11 regular season games will be announced at a later date.