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Flyers-Islanders schedule announced

The series features not one, but two possible back-to-back situations!

NHL: NOV 16 Islanders at Flyers Photo by Nicole Fridling/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs wrapped up on Friday night with your Philadelphia Flyers ousting the Montreal Canadiens, and the Vancouver Canucks eliminating the St. Louis Blues in six games. There were no sweeps in the first round, nor were there any Game 7s. And with that, we move on to the second round.

The NHL announced the full schedule for the second round of the playoffs on Friday night. It was assumed that the next series would start after one off day for teams, as was the precedent with the Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars series, but that isn’t the case for the Flyers.

Here is the schedule for the Flyers’ second-round series against the New York Islanders.

Game 1: Monday, August 24 - 7 p.m. | NBCSN
Game 2: Wednesday, August 26 - 3 p.m. | NBCSN
Game 3: Thursday, August 27 - 7 p.m. | NBCSN
Game 4: Saturday, August 29 - 12 p.m. | NBC
*Game 5: Monday, August 31 - TBD
*Game 6: Wednesday, September 2 - TBD
*Game 7: Thursday, September 3 - TBD

The Flyers are the designated home team for Games 1, 2, 5, and 7.

There are a few interesting wrinkles here. The seven-game series features a back-to-back situation in Games 2 and 3, and then another potential back-to-back situation for Games 6 and 7. Because of this, and the other Eastern Conference series having a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Flyers will play a weekday afternoon game on Wednesday.

It’s also possible that Game 6 is a day game because a potential Game 7 for the Lightning-Bruins series is also slated for September 2, and it’s safe to assume that the Game 7 would be in primetime.

Having a back-to-back set in the first round when there were so many games that needed to be played in one arena was understandable. However, having two potential back-to-backs – including a back-to-back for Games 6 and 7 – doesn’t seem to make much sense.

Nevertheless, that is the schedule and the Flyers will need to win four of the seven games to move on to the Eastern Conference Final. Buckle up, things are only going to get more intense from here.