Flyers' schedule announced

Posted: June 24, 2014

THE MERCURY is just beginning to rise inside the thermometer, marking another sweltering summer in Philadelphia.

Yet, in just 108 days, the puck will drop on the Flyers' 48th season.

The NHL released its full, 1,230-game slate for the 2014-15 season yesterday. The Flyers will open on the road in Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 8. They will wrap up on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at home against Ottawa.

Ron Hextall's first changes to the Flyers' roster as general manager and Craig Berube's first full season behind the bench will play out over the 80 games in between.

The NHL will use the same four-division alignment as last season, with the Flyers skating in the Metropolitan. They will face all of their division opponents (Rangers, Penguins, Devils, Islanders, Hurricanes, and Capitals) twice at home and twice on the road, including the Oct. 9 home opener vs. the Devils.

The Flyers will then face the other eight Eastern Conference teams a total of 24 times-an unbalanced schedule with one road game and two home games against Detroit, Florida, Ottawa and Tampa Bay. They will face Boston, Buffalo, Montreal and Toronto twice on the road and once at home.

For the second year in a row, all 30 teams will visit all all the other cities. The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings stop at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 28.

The Flyers' road schedule starts relatively slowly: After an early trip to Dallas and Chicago, the Flyers will not leave the Eastern time zone until early December.

In December, the schedule picks up as they play 10 of 14 games on the road. They will make three separate trips to the West Coast - including the gantlet of all three California teams; a run to Western Canada; and a quick pit stop in Phoenix and Colorado around the holidays.

The Flyers will play a season-long eight consecutive games away from home from Dec. 20 through Jan. 3 while the annual "Disney on Ice Frozen'' borrows the Wells Fargo Center ice.

The Flyers will face the Rangers, who knocked them off in Game 7 of the first round before advancing to the Stanley Cup final, in their annual Black Friday matinee.

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