Flyers fans, start your engines.
That’s because a large contingent of faithful followers is expected to make the trek to Las Vegas for the team’s 2018-19 season opener at Las Vegas on Oct. 4.
Last season, an estimated 3,000 Philadelphia area fans traveled to the Nevada oasis to watch the Flyers beat the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Flyers will open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 9 vs. San Jose. The season will conclude on Saturday, April 6 when the Flyers host the Carolina Hurricanes.
The NHL heads into its sixth 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. 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 – for a total of 28 of their 82 games against opponents in their own division. The Flyers will see some of those games earlier this year, with five divisional games in the first 24 contests after having just two in the first seven weeks of last season.
Philadelphia will play the eight Atlantic Division teams three times each for a total of 24 games against that division. The Flyers will play two road games and one home game against Boston, Buffalo, Montreal and Toronto. They will play two home games and one road game against Detroit, Florida, Ottawa and Tampa Bay. The breakdown of home and road games against each Atlantic Division team alternates each season.
As in previous years, 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.
The Flyers will play 13 back-to-back sets of games, slightly fewer than previous years. All but one of those sets will be part of a three-game in four-night run.
Flyers 2018-19 schedule: https://www.nhl.com/flyers/schedule/2018-10-01/ET/list