The 2021-22 Philadelphia Flyers schedule is coming together. A few weeks ago, the dates were released. Now, the NHL has announced times for all regular-season games. After two shortened seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is slated for a full 82-game season in ’21-22.
Along with a return to a full season, the divisions are returning to how they were in the 2019-20 season as well. The Metropolitan Division is back with the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals.
The Flyers saw a lot of the Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Penguins, and Capitals last season. Now, they’ll get to renew their rivalries with the Hurricanes and Blue Jackets. The Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres are back in the Atlantic division.
The 82-game schedule has a built-in break for the 2022 Olympics, although there is no set deal in place yet.
The Flyers open the season at The Farg on Friday, October 15th against the Vancouver Canucks.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) July 22, 2021
Here is the 2021-22 Flyers Schedule with dates and start times, as well as the team press release:
The Philadelphia Flyers, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, this evening released their schedule for the 2021-22 NHL season. The Flyers will open the campaign at home on Friday, October 15 vs. the Vancouver Canucks and will conclude it on Friday, April 29 at home vs. Ottawa.
The Flyers will open the season with a four-game homestand in front of their fans for the first time since the 1974-75 season. The first four games of last season were played at home, but in a closed Wells Fargo Center. The homestand includes the first game for the Flyers against the Seattle Kraken, with the NHL’s newest franchise coming to town for the second game of the year on Monday, October 18.
The Flyers will not go on the road until just before Halloween. Their first trip starts after a four-day break in the schedule and takes care of their Western Canada obligations right away, with stops in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary forming a three-game in four-night set. That trip starts off a stretch where the Flyers will play seven of nine on the road from Oct. 27 – Nov. 13.
Philadelphia’s first visit to Seattle will come on December 29 to start the team’s annual excursion at the turn of the calendar year. The club will continue through the Pacific Division with stops in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim before returning home to kick off the home portion of the 2022 schedule on January 6 vs. Pittsburgh, the start of a three-game homestand.
The current version of the NHL schedule contains a 20-day Olympic break from Feb. 2-22. The Flyers will come out of that break with a visit to Detroit followed by a season-long six-game homestand that starts on Feb. 26 vs. Washington and runs through March 8 when Vegas makes its visit to Philadelphia.
Another five-game road trip awaits the club in the back half of March. They will play the five games over eight days from March 22 – 29, with stops in Detroit, St. Louis, Colorado, Nashville and Minnesota.
Due to the later start to the season and subsequent Olympic break, the regular season will extend through the month of April. The Flyers will play an even number of home and road games down the stretch, with seven home games over that final month.
With February mostly dedicated to the break, the schedule is evenly spread out over the rest of the calendar, beginning with the seven games over the final two-plus-weeks of October. The Flyers play 14 games in November, 13 in December and 14 in January before concluding with 15-game months in March and April. The Flyers will also play 15 back-to-back sets, with all but one of those sets coming as a larger 3-game in 4-night span.
The NHL is returning to its previous scheduling format after re-defining the divisions for 2020-21 due to COVID. However, the addition of Seattle takes two dates away from Flyers divisional opponents. They will play Columbus and New Jersey just three times each, while facing the other teams in the Metropolitan Division four times each. They will continue to play Atlantic Division opponents three times each, and will see every Western Conference team once at home and once on the road.
Start times for the entire schedule have not been finalized as of yet. Those will be announced at a later date, along with television and radio broadcast information. A one-sheet version of the schedule is attached to this email.
Ticket plan information including full, half & partial season packages, can be found at philadelphiaflyers.com/InsideEdge or by clicking here. Single game ticket information for all Flyers home games during the 2021-22 NHL season will be announced at a later date.
Mark those calendars, Flyers fans. Hockey is going to be here before you know it!
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