The Philadelphia Flyers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today unveiled their schedule for the 2019-20 season. Following the season opener on Friday, October 4 vs. Chicago in the Czech Republic, the Flyers will return home to host the New Jersey Devils in their home opener on Wednesday, October 9 at the Wells Fargo Center. The season will conclude on Saturday, April 4 when the Flyers visit the Buffalo Sabres.
The NHL heads into its seventh 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. Those games continue to appear earlier this year in past seasons, with 10 divisional games coming in the first 25 games of the season - nine of which take place between October 26 and November 27. Last year the Flyers had five divisional games in their first 24 contests, and had just two in that timeframe in 2017-18.
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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 Detroit, Florida, Ottawa and Tampa Bay, and they will play two home games and one road game against Boston, Buffalo, Montreal and Toronto. 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 for a total of 30 games against the Western Conference. The only team that will not visit the Wells Fargo Center this season is Chicago, as the Flyers will serve as the home team for the season opener in Prague.
The Flyers will play 17 sets of back-to-back games, an increase of four over a year ago. Thirteen of those sets will be part of a three-game in four-night run. Sixteen of their games will start earlier than 7:00 PM local time, with the rest coming at 7pm or later. The busiest month of the year is November, with 16 games, while March will feature 15 contests. Each of those two months features eight home games, which are the most of any on the season; the home schedule is fairly balanced this season with between five and eight home games in each full month of the campaign. The club will play eight road games in November and seven each in December and March.
Besides the season opener in Prague and the home opener, other highlights of the 2019-20 home schedule include the annual Black Friday contest on Friday, November 29 vs. Detroit at 4:00 PM. A pre-Thanksgiving afternoon affair against Calgary on Saturday, November 23 will be the first of six early-afternoon starts over the course of the season. The New York Rangers make their first visit of the season in the final game before Christmas on Monday, December 23 at 7:00, and the Pittsburgh Penguins come in for the first time of the season on Tuesday, January 21. The Flyers and Penguins will also meet in a late-season matinee on Sunday, March 29 at 12:00 PM. The final home game of the regular season comes on Thursday, April 2 when the Flyers host Nashville.
On the road side of the ledger, the Flyers will again get one of their West Coast trips out of the way early this year when they visit Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton during a five-day trip from Oct. 12-16. Another Western jaunt comes in mid-December with visits to Colorado, Minnesota and Winnipeg over another five-day swing. Then the Flyers will wrap up their Pacific Division travel during their annual holiday road trip, which comes while Disney On Ice takes over the Wells Fargo Center. This year's journey is back to the longer side of past years, with five games in the Pacific time zone between December 28 and January 4. The Flyers have one more road game on the end of that stretch in Carolina on January 7 before coming back for a three-game homestand.
The Flyers will have an eight-day break in the schedule from January 22-30 for the All-Star break and their bye week. Two games against Pittsburgh surround the break - they'll host the Penguins on Tuesday, January 21 and will head to Pittsburgh on Friday, January 31.
National and local TV broadcast information, as well as the local radio broadcast schedule, will all be released later this summer.
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Flyers preseason schedule can be found HERE.