Philadelphia Flyers Schedule Released; Open Season in Carolina

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Philadelphia Flyers Schedule Released; Open Season in Carolina

The National Hockey League released its 2009-10 season schedule on Wednesday afternoon while also making it official that the Philadelphia Flyers will take part in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic.

The Boston Bruins will play host to the Flyers in Boston on New Year's Day at the legendary Fenway Park. It shapes up to be a clash of two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference in a 60 minute battle for potentially the top spot for the time being.

Philadelphia has a tough start to the season as their first five games are against playoff teams from last season, opening in Raleigh, N.C. on Oct. 2 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

There were several opponents that I was looking forward to see when the Flyers would play them, and to my surprise, most of them are fairly early in the campaign.

Their home opener falls on Oct. 6 when they welcome Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals into town, which also marks Mike Knuble's first game back in Philadelphia.

Two days later, the Flyers get their first chance at revenge as they welcome the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into the Wachovia Center for their first matchup against Pittsburgh.

After their Oct. 8 meeting, the orange and black don't play the Pens until Dec. 15 when they have a home-and-home with Pittsburgh.

Another notable early game is against the Anaheim Ducks, which is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. It will be the first game Chris Pronger plays against his former team as a Flyer, and will be the first time the Flyers will play against Joffrey Lupul and potentially Luca Sbisa.

There are two road trips of at least five games on the schedule, the first being a five-game trip out west in which they play Los Angeles, San Jose, Phoenix, and Colorado. Their longest is a six-gamer in which they'll play Tampa Bay, Carolina, both New York teams, Boston, and Ottawa.

Philadelphia's longest home stand is five games in which they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets, Rangers, Hurricanes, Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers, and the Islanders.

Their busiest month will be March in which they played a grand total of 16 games, nine of which will be on the road. They'll play 14 games in January as well.

Due to the Olympics, there is no All-Star game schedule and the Flyers will play only seven games in February before the near three-week break.

The Buffalo Sabres will be the Flyers' opponent on their annual "Black Friday" game, which will begin at 1 p.m.

Philadelphia concludes the season with a home-and-home with the Rangers on April 9 and April 11. The Stanley Cup Playoffs will get going on the 14th of April.

Here's the complete schedule:

Oct. 2 @ Carolina 7:00 PM

Oct. 3 @ New Jersey 7:00 PM

Oct. 6 vs. Washington 7:00 PM

Oct. 8 vs Pittsburgh 7:00 PM

Oct. 10 vs. Anaheim 7:00 PM

Oct. 17 @ Florida 7:00 PM

Oct. 22 vs. Boston 7:00 PM

Oct. 24 vs. Florida 7:00 PM

Oct. 25 vs. San Jose 7:00 PM

Oct. 27 @ Washington 7:00 PM

Oct. 31 vs. Carolina 1:00 PM

Nov. 2 vs. Tampa Bay 7:00 PM

Nov. 6 @ Buffalo 7:00 PM

Nov. 7 vs. St. Louis 7:00 PM

Nov. 12 vs. Ottawa 7:00 PM

Nov. 14 vs. Buffalo 7:00 PM

Nov. 16 vs. New Jersey 7:00 PM

Nov. 18 @ Los Angeles 10:30 PM

Nov. 20 @ San Jose 10:30 PM

Nov. 21 @ Phoenix 8:00 PM

Nov. 23 @ Colorado 9:00 PM

Nov. 25 @ NY Islanders 7:00 PM

Nov. 27 vs. Buffalo 1:00 PM

Nov. 28 @ Atlanta 7:00 PM

Dec. 3 vs. Vancouver 7:00 PM

Dec. 5 vs. Washington 7:00 PM

Dec. 7 @ Montreal 7:30 PM

Dec. 8 vs. NY Islanders 7:00 PM

Dec. 10 vs. Ottawa 7:00 PM

Dec. 12 @ New Jersey 7:00 PM

Dec. 14 @ Boston 7:00 PM

Dec. 15 @ Pittsburgh 7:00 PM

Dec. 17 vs. Pittsburgh 7:00 PM

Dec. 19 vs. NY Rangers 1:00 PM

Dec. 21 vs. Florida 7:00 PM

Dec. 23 @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM

Dec. 26 @ Carolina 7:00 PM

Dec. 27 @ NY Islanders 6:00 PM

Dec. 30 @ NY Rangers 7:00 PM

Jan. 1 @ Boston 1 PM

Jan. 3 @ Ottawa 3:00 PM

Jan. 6 vs. Toronto 7:00 PM

Jan. 7 @ Pittsburgh 7:30 PM

Jan. 9 vs. Tampa Bay 7:00 PM

Jan. 12 vs. Dallas 7:00 PM

Jan. 14 @ Toronto 7:00 PM

Jan. 17 @ Washington 3:00 PM

Jan. 19 vs. Columbus 7:00 PM

Jan. 21 vs. NY Rangers 7:00 PM

Jan. 23 vs. Carolina 1:00 PM

Jan. 24 vs. Pittsburgh 3:00 PM

Jan. 28 vs. Atlanta 7:00 PM

Jan. 30 vs. NY Islanders 7:00 PM

Feb. 1 @ Calgary 9:30 PM

Feb. 3 @ Edmonton 9:30 PM

Feb. 6 @ Minnesota 8:00 PM

Feb. 8 vs. New Jersey 7:00 PM

Feb. 10 @ New Jersey 7:00 PM

Feb. 12 vs. Montreal 7:00 PM

Feb. 13 @ Montreal 7:00 PM

Mar. 2 @ Tampa Bay 7:30 PM

Mar. 3 @ Florida 7:30 PM

Mar. 5 @ Buffalo 7:00 PM

Mar. 7 vs. Toronto 7:00 PM

Mar. 9 vs. NY Islanders 7:00 PM

Mar. 11 vs. Boston 7:00 PM

Mar. 13 vs. Chicago 1:00 PM

Mar. 14 @ NY Rangers 3:00 PM

Mar. 16 @ Nashville 8:00 PM

Mar. 18 @ Dallas 8:30 PM

Mar. 20 @ Atlanta 7:00 PM

Mar. 21 vs. Atlanta 7:00 PM

Mar. 23 @ Ottawa 7:30 PM

Mar. 25 vs. Minnesota 7:00 PM

Mar. 27 @ Pittsburgh 1:00 PM

Mar. 28 vs. New Jersey 7:00 PM

Apr. 1 @ NY Islanders 7:00 PM

Apr. 2 vs. Montreal 7:00 PM

Apr. 4 vs. Detroit 3:00 PM

Apr. 6 @ Toronto 7:00 PM

Apr. 9 @ NY Rangers 7:00 PM

Apr. 11 vs. NY Rangers 3:00 PM

 

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