Flyers to open on West Coast again in San Jose; host Capitals in home opener

Flyers to open on West Coast again in San Jose; host Capitals in home opener

It's that time of year in the NHL. Drafts, awards, free agency, trade and ... schedule releases.

And the Flyers and the NHL on Wednesday provided a small sample of this coming season's schedule to whet fans' appetites as they released home opener information.

Get your pajamas on and get ready to stay up late for the season opener again.

For the second straight season, the Flyers will open up on the West Coast, this time against the Sharks in San Jose on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Last season, the Flyers opened the year in Los Angeles against the Kings, securing a 4-2 victory. They'll visit Hollywood on Oct. 5 to face L.A. again in its home opener.

The Flyers will also head deep into the heart of Smashville for the defending Western Conference champion Predators' home opener on Oct. 10.

It sounds like a lengthy trip for the Flyers to open the season as their home opener won't come until the next weekend.

They announced they will host Metropolitan Division rival Washington Capitals in this year's home opener on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Caps are coming off yet another Presidents' Trophy-winning season that ended with yet another thud with yet another early playoff exit, this one a seven-game loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.

The Flyers, of course, did not qualify for the playoffs last season.

This will mark the fifth time the Flyers host the Capitals for a home opener. They are 4-0-1 in such contests. The last home opener vs. Washington came in 2009 when the Flyers won in overtime, 6-5. Mike Richards had a hat trick in that game and Danny Briere netted the OT winner. The Flyers went on to their most recent Stanley Cup Final appearance that year.

The NHL will announce the full regular-season slate at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Milestone night for Boyle sparks Devils' win

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Milestone night for Boyle sparks Devils' win

NEWARK, N.J. -- Brian Boyle broke a tie with his 100th career goal and added an empty-netter and an assist to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Friday night.

Steven Santini, Blake Coleman and Nick Lappin also scored for the Devils, and Corey Schneider made 28 saves.

Martin Hanzal and Alexander Radulov scored for Dallas.

Midway through Stephen Johns' double-minor for high-sticking, Devils fans booed the team's power-play effort. Boyle responded by knocking in a rebound from the crease off of Will Butcher's shot to give the Devils a 3-2 lead with 3:21 left in the period.

Boyle assisted on Lappin's goal midway through the third period and completed the scoring with the empty-net goal (see full recap).

Nash, Rangers push past Kings
NEW YORK -- Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 remaining to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller also scored to help New York win for the second time in five games (2-2-1). Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots.

On the go-ahead goal, Nash stole the puck in the Kings' zone on the left side near the center line, drove into the left circle and beat Quick for his ninth of the season to give the Rangers their third lead of the game.

Miller added an empty-netter with 54 seconds remaining, sealing New York's 11th win in the last 13 at home (11-1-1) (see full recap).

Red Wings earn much-needed win
DETROIT -- Trevor Daley scored a tiebreaking, short-handed goal midway through the second period and the Detroit Red Wings went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday night.

Jimmy Howard had 25 saves for the Red Wings. They had won only one of their previous 11 games.

The Maple Leafs lost their third straight, matching a season high. Toronto was without star center Auston Matthews for a fourth straight game because of an upper-body injury.

Curtis McElhinney stopped 26 shots for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs' Andreas Borgman opened the scoring 1:58 into the game.

Detroit's Danny DeKeyser pulled the Red Wings into a tie early in the first. Tomas Tatar's power-goal goal gave them a two-goal cushion they needed after losing the last two games after having a one-goal lead in the third period (see full recap).

Get in the holiday spirit with the Flyers

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Get in the holiday spirit with the Flyers

Before the Flyers get in the spirit for a sixth straight win on Saturday night, they’ll get you in the holiday spirit, too.

Prior to puck drop against the Stars on NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Flyers will put on a unique holiday-themed light show, which will illuminate the Wells Fargo Center and its ice.

The “Holiday Light Spectacular,” which is presented by the Rothman Institute at Jefferson, will be a 10-minute show starting at 7 p.m., as all fans will be given light-up bracelets to complement a fun Flyers holiday video featured on the ice.

“This show is a new, can’t-miss holiday attraction in Philadelphia and one that we hope becomes an annual tradition for us,” Shawn Tilger, the Flyers’ executive vice president, chief operating officer, alternate governor, said in a release by the team. “This show is in line with the holiday staples of the region, and we’re excited to bring entertainment of this caliber to Flyers fans here on Saturday night.”

For fans with youngsters, Santa Claus will also be in attendance, taking free photos on the main concourse.