A sigh of relief washed over the nation on January 6 when the NHL announced that the lockout had ended and, in a few weeks, a 48-game season would commence. For the Broad Street Bullies and their undying fans, cutting 34 games from the season doesn’t make anything less interesting; that’s the great thing about hockey in the city of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia Flyers fans aren’t looking at how unfair it is that when their team is at their peak, they don’t get to play as many games. They look at it and they realize every game will be played with more heart, commitment, determination, and excitement.
The fact that the NHL announced that 18 of the 48 (38%) games will be against division rivals, and the remaining 30 will be against teams in the same conference, gives Flyers fans more reason to be excited.
Philadelphia Flyers Schedule 2013
The Flyers will play five games this year against the New York Rangers, who were undefeated against the Flyers in the 2011-12 season series. The Flyers will play four games against the New York Islanders and five games against the New Jersey Devils, including back-to-back games in mid-March.
But the games that are circled in red, highlighted and are being counted down for, are surely the four games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers’ longtime rivals. The Flyers and Penguins have been division rivals since the ’97-’98 season, but last season, the cross-state competitors renewed their animosity towards each other through season-long skirmishes and a rough and gritty seven-game playoff series.
Flyers fans know that if they are going to win the Cup in the near future, this has to be the year. Veterans such as Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen and Ruslan Fedetenko – who knows if these are their last years or not? However, the present is bright, as the team has young talent across the board. With 25-year-old Claude Giroux, debatably the most talented player in the league, recently being named captain, the Flyers will put in that extra effort that will surely make each game a must-watch.
Flyers have four consecutive home games on the 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th of February. They also have a five-game home stand from the end of February to early March. Lastly, a five-game home stand at the end of March features games against the Rangers,Islanders,Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, and Montreal Canadiens.