NHL Master Sked Released; Flyers to open at home October 2

After much negotiation and legal wrangling over the fate of its players heading to Sochi for the Winter Olympics this coming February, the National Hockey League released its master schedule for the 2013-14 season on Friday.

As it has been since 1995, each club will play 82 regular-season games, with the season-opener occurring on October 1 and the finales taking place on April 13. The league will pause for 17 days from February 9-26 to send their best onto the world stage.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, their opener will take place on home ice, Wednesday, October 2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and their season finale will be on Sunday, April 13 at home against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Check out the full schedule here.

“Our entire organization, including our players, our coaches and our staff, is excited to begin the season playing for the best fans in the league,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko.

As for the new divisional alignment, the Flyers will be seated in the newly-christened “Metropolitan Division” of the Eastern Conference along with Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, the Islanders, Rangers, Penguins and Capitals. That’s the fourth different name the club has operated under since arriving in the NHL in 1967, after West (1967-74), Patrick (1974-93) and Atlantic (1993-2013).

When the Flyers take on Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary in turn before the calendar flips to 2014, it will mark the first time since December ’98-January ’99 that the Flyers will hit all three Western Canadian cities on one holiday road trip. The Flyers last played in Calgary on New Year’s Eve in 1987, dropping a heartbreaking 5-4 decision.

In other news, training camp will commence on South Broad Street on September 12, while the Flyers’ Wives Fight For Lives Carnival is set for January 26.