The Philadelphia Flyers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today unveiled their schedule for the 2018-19 season.
The Flyers will open their season on Thursday, October 4 on the road when they visit the Vegas Golden Knights as part of a two-game road trip, which wraps up two days later at Colorado. They will open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday, October 9 vs. San Jose. The season will conclude on Saturday, April 6 when the Flyers host the Carolina Hurricanes.
The NHL heads into its sixth season under the current alignment of four divisions - two each in the Eastern and Western Conference. The two Eastern Conference divisions contain eight teams each. The schedule design continues to emphasize divisional rivalries along with the division-based playoff seedings. The Flyers will play all of their divisional opponents four times - twice at home and twice on the road - for a total of 28 of their 82 games against opponents in their own division. The Flyers will see some of those games earlier this year, with five divisional games in the first 24 contests after having just two in the first seven weeks of last season.
The Flyers will play the eight Atlantic Division teams three times each for a total of 24 games against that division. The Flyers will play two road games and one home game against Boston, Buffalo, Montreal and Toronto. They will play two home games and one road game against Detroit, Florida, Ottawa and Tampa Bay. The breakdown of home and road games against each Atlantic Division team alternates each season.
The Flyers will again play a home-and-home series with every Western Conference team, assuring that fans will have the opportunity to see every NHL club at the Wells Fargo Center at least once this season. The Flyers will play a total of 30 games against the Western Conference.
The Flyers will play 13 back-to-back sets of games, slightly fewer than previous years. All but one of those sets will be part of a three-game in four-night run.
Among the highlights of the 2018-19 schedule are the annual Black Friday contest on Friday, November 23 vs. the New York Rangers at 1 PM, and the 2019 Coors Light Stadium Series game against Pittsburgh at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, February 23 at 8 PM. It's the return outdoor engagement between the teams following the 2017 showdown in Pittsburgh. The highly-popular black jersey from that 2017 game will return as a third jersey this season for a select number of games, while a new jersey is on tap for the 2019 outdoor contest. Additional uniform details will be released closer to the start of the regular season.
Other games of note on the schedule include the annual Black Friday contest on Friday, November 23 vs. the New York Rangers at 1 PM. The Flyers will take their annual holiday road trip from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 while Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party takes over the Wells Fargo Center. As part of that trip, the Flyers will wrap up 2018 in Carolina on Dec. 31 and ring in the new year in Nashville on Jan. 1.
National and local TV broadcast information, as well as the local radio broadcast schedule, will all be released later this summer.