Flyers 2013-14 Season Schedule Released
After a long process involving the NHL, NHLPA, and the International Olympic Committee, the NHL schedule was finally released on Friday.
The 47th season of Flyers hockey will begin as a member of the newly named Metropolitan Division as part of a new realignment venture. This division contains the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes.
Teams in the Metropolitan Division will play each other at least four times. Two teams will be play five times. This year, that rotation includes the Penguins and the Capitals, with the Flyers hosting the Capitals three times, and the Flyers headed to Pittsburgh three times.
The Flyers will also play each Western Conference team twice as part of the new realignment. Other teams will be played three times with alternating home and away ratios.
It all begins at home on Wednesday, October 2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. Eight of the first 11 games will be played on Wells Fargo Center's ice. The season ends at home on April 13 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The NHL will take a break for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi between February 9-26. They will host San Jose on February 27 after the Olympics have concluded. The other large hiatuses from home are between December 26 to January 5 due to Disney On Ice, and between April 8-12 for the NCAA Frozen Four Championships.
On the TV side, the Flyers will play for a national audience 19 times. One NBC telecast has been confirmed for April 12 at Pittsburgh. The other four instances (March 2, 16, 30, and April 2) are on NBC's flex scheduling plan.
Strap in for a full 82 game season that will feature kooky, inconsistent intricacies due to the new realignment. At least it is better than a lockout.