The Philadelphia Flyers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today unveiled their schedule for the 2017-18 season.
The Flyers will open their season on Wednesday, October 4 when they visit the San Jose Sharks as part of a four-game road trip to start the season. They will open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, October 14 vs. Washington. The season will conclude on Saturday, April 7 when the Flyers host the New York Rangers.
The NHL heads into its fifth 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. With the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Pacific Division increases to eight teams this year, while the Central Division remains a seven-team group.
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. The Flyers will play 28 of their 82 games against opponents in their own division. The games will tend to come later in the season again this year - after the home opener vs. Washington, the Flyers will not play another Metropolitan Division opponent until November 22 when they visit the New York Islanders.
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 home games and one road game against Boston, Buffalo, Montreal and Toronto. They will play two road games and one home 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. Their first game against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights comes on the road on Feb. 11, and Vegas's first visit to Philadelphia is set for Monday, March 12.
National and local TV broadcast information, as well as the local radio broadcast schedule, will all be released later this summer.
Secure next season now! Flyers 2017-18 season ticket memberships are available by calling 215.218.PUCK or PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.