Flyers announce 2013-14 schedule

Philadelphia Flyers Marc-Andre Bourdon, left, celebrates his team's second goal with teammate Matt Carle against the Washington Capitals during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in Washington. The Flyers won 5-1. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Philadelphia Flyers Marc-Andre Bourdon, left, celebrates his team's second goal with teammate Matt Carle against the Washington Capitals during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in Washington. The Flyers won 5-1. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski) (AP)
Posted: July 21, 2013

The NHL released its full schedule for the 2013-14 season Friday, and former Flyer Danny Briere is slated to return to the Wells Fargo Center with his new team, the Montreal Canadiens, on Dec. 12.

After that, the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are scheduled to visit on March 18.

The Flyers, who went 2-6 to start last season and missed the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons, open their season on Oct. 2, hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m.

The league's realignment - moving from six divisions to four with two each in the Eastern and Western Conferences - has each team playing in all 30 arenas at least once this season. The two Eastern Conference divisions have eight teams each, and the two Western Conference divisions each have seven teams.

The Flyers will compete in the newly named Metropolitan Division with familiar divisional foes Pittsburgh, New Jersey, the New York Islanders, and the New York Rangers.

Also in the division will be the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, who move in from the Southeast Division with Washington, and the Columbus Blue Jackets, who moved from the Western Conference as part of the realignment.

The other new Eastern Conference division is the Atlantic Division. It is comprised of Boston, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto - along with Florida and Tampa Bay, which move from the Southeast Division, and the Detroit Red Wings, who move over from the Western Conference.

The Flyers are scheduled to play each of their divisional opponents at least four times - twice at home and twice on the road. Pittsburgh and Washington are both on the Flyers' schedule for five games.

The Flyers will be at home for exactly half of their 82 games in 2014, including a four-game homestand from March 18-24.

The team will also have four consecutive home games from Feb. 6 to March 1, during which the NHL will take a break starting Feb. 9 and resuming play on Feb. 26 so players can participate in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

A pair of six-game road trips mark the Flyers' longest stints away from home. From Nov. 30 through Dec. 11 and Dec. 28 to Jan. 7, the Flyers will play six teams in six cities on each trip.

Additionally, 19 Flyers games will appear on national broadcasts on NBC and the NBC Sports Network.

The Flyers have been pre-selected for one NBC telecast, on April 12 when they visit Pittsburgh. For four other games, the Flyers will be available for selection by NBC as part of its flex scheduling. Those dates are March 2 at Washington, March 16 at Pittsburgh, March 30 vs. Boston and April 6 vs. Buffalo. If not selected for broadcast by NBC, those games will be carried on the NBC Sports Network.

In addition to those four games, the Flyers have been selected for national broadcast on NBC-SN on 14 other occasions. However, some of those games will be carried by Comcast SportsNet in the Philadelphia region. The complete Flyers local television and radio broadcast schedules is to be announced.

The Flyers begin training camp on Sept. 12 and will open workouts at the Wells Fargo Center to the public for free.


Mike Still can be contacted at mstill@philly.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeStill12.

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