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Breaking Down the Flyers 2009/10 Schedule

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There's always a lot to take in when a team announces their schedule for the upcoming season. 82 games unveiled all at once can be overwhelming, so we'll try to make the task a little easier for you.

The Flyers open the season on Friday, October 2 in Carolina. They then travel to the Prudential Center in Newark to take on the Devils the following night before opening their home schedule against Mike Knuble, Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, October 6.

The season is highlighted by the Winter Classic at Boston's Fenway Park on New Years Day 2010 between the Flyers and Bruins. Due to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, there will be no all-star festivities this year and the Flyers will only play seven games in February -- no games from the 14th until March 2.

There is at least one game against each of the Western Conference teams, but the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and San Jose Sharks are played twice each -- once at home and once on the road -- for a total of 18 games against the West. There are six games against each team in the division, and four games against the rest of the Eastern Conference clubs.

The Flyers take their annual Holiday Season road trip again this year, but this time they'll stay on the East Coast, traveling to Tampa, Miami, Carolina, New York (versus both teams), Boston (for the Winter Classic) and Ottawa. It is the longest road trip of the season, six games in length. The Flyers will also take two Western swings, a four-gamer in November against Los Angeles, San Jose, Phoenix, and Colorado, and a three-gamer at the start of February against Calgary, Edmonton, and Minnesota.

There are several homestands, but the longest is six games long at the end of January. The season closes with a home-and-home against the Rangers. The front end is at Madison Square Garden on April 9, with the final game of the season at home against the NYR on April 11.

Again, tons of details after the jump...

Rivalry Schedules

Pittsburgh

  • October 8 - at Flyers
  • December 15 - at Pittsburgh (home and home)
  • December 17 - at Flyers (home and home)
  • January 7 - at Pittsburgh
  • January 24 - at Flyers
  • March 27 - at Pittsburgh

NY Rangers

  • December 19  - at Flyers
  • December 30 - at Rangers
  • January 21 - at Flyers
  • March 14 - at Rangers
  • April 9 - at Rangers (home and home)
  • April 11 - at Flyers (home and home, final game of season)

New Jersey

  • October 3 -  at New Jersey
  • November 16 -  at Flyers
  • December 12 - at New Jersey
  • February 8  - at Flyers (home and home)
  • February 10 - at New Jersey (home and home)
  • March 28  - at Flyers

Washington

  • October 6 - at Flyers (home opener)
  • October 27- at Washington
  • December 5 -  at Flyers
  • January 17 - at Washington

Visiting from the West (9 games)

  • October 10 - Anaheim (Chris Pronger reunites, Lupul & Sbisa return)
  • October 25 - San Jose
  • November 7 - St. Louis
  • December 3 - Vancouver
  • January 12 - Dallas
  • January 19 - Columbus
  • March 13 - Chicago
  • March 25 - Minnesota
  • April 4 - Detroit

Travelling West (9 games)

  • Tuesday, March 16 - at Nashville, 8 PM ET
  • Thursday, March 18 - at Dallas, 8 PM ET

Four-game West Coast Trip (November 18 - 23)

  • Wednesday, November 18 - at LA Kings, 10:30 PM ET
  • Friday, November 20 - at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 PM ET
  • Saturday, November 21 - at Phoenix Coyotes, 8 PM ET
  • Monday, November 23 - at Colorado Avalanche, 9 PM ET

Three-game Northwest Division Swing (February 1 - 6)

  • Monday, February 1 - at Calgary Flames, 9:30 PM ET
  • Wednesday, February 3 - at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 PM ET
  • Saturday, February 6 - at Minnesota Wild, 8 PM ET

Annual Holiday Road Trip - Six games (December 23 - January 3)

  • Wednesday, December 23 - at Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Saturday, December 26 - at Carolina Hurricanes
  • Sunday, December 27 - at New York Islanders
  • Wednesday, December 30 - at New York Rangers
  • Friday, January 1 - Winter Classic at Fenway Park vs Bruins
  • Sunday, January 3 - at Ottawa Senators

Longest Homestand - Six games (January 19 - January 30)

  • January 19 -  vs Blue Jackets
  • January 21 - vs NY Rangers
  • January 23 - vs Hurricanes
  • January 24 - vs Penguins
  • January 28 - vs Thrashers
  • January 30 - vs Islanders