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Flyers' home opener vs. Devils 1 of their 20 games to be nationally televised during 2019-20 season

Flyers' home opener vs. Devils 1 of their 20 games to be nationally televised during 2019-20 season

The Flyers will be in the national spotlight a fair number of times in the 2019-20 season.

The team will have 20 games televised on NBC or NBCSN.

Two NHL on NBC Game of the Week contests will feature the Flyers — March 1 at the Rangers and March 29 vs. the Penguins at Wells Fargo Center. The last time the Penguins came to Philadelphia, they squandered a 3-1 third-period lead in an epic Stadium Series game at Lincoln Financial Field.   

Alain Vigneault's team also has 18 games on NBCSN starting with its home opener, an Oct. 9 game vs. the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. That should be former Flyer Wayne Simmonds' first game against his old team. 

The Flyers' matchup against the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Jan. 15 is another Wednesday Night Hockey game. 

Below is the full list of the Flyers' nationally televised games:

Oct. 9: Flyers vs. Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Oct. 16: Flyers at Oilers, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Nov. 13: Flyers vs. Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Nov. 27: Flyers at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Dec. 11: Flyers at Blue Jackets, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Dec. 23: Flyers vs. Rangers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Jan. 8: Flyers vs. Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Jan. 15: Flyers at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Jan. 21: Flyers vs. Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Feb. 3: Flyers at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Feb. 11: Flyers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Feb. 13: Flyers at Panthers, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
March 1: Flyers at Rangers, 12 p.m. (NBC)
March 4: Flyers at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
March 5: Flyers vs. Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
March 10: Flyers vs. Bruins, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
March 17: Flyers vs. Blues, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
March 26: Flyers at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
March 29: Flyers vs. Penguins, 12 p.m. (NBC)

Apr. 1: Flyers at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Here's a complete breakdown of the Flyers' 2019-20 schedule.

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Former Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald to attend Flames training camp on professional tryout

Former Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald to attend Flames training camp on professional tryout

After being bought out by the Flyers in mid-June, Andrew MacDonald is getting his next shot.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old defenseman will try to make the Flames' roster by attending Calgary's training camp on a professional tryout.

NHL teams often take fliers on veteran players as they shape their rosters because it simply can't hurt. The Flyers are doing so this training camp with winger Chris Stewart (see story).

While he wasn't a fan favorite in Philadelphia because of his contract, MacDonald was one of the most respected players in the Flyers' dressing room. You'd think the Flames are taking into account what they've heard from others around the league about MacDonald and his impact off the ice.

MacDonald has played 586 career games and 23 in the postseason. Calgary has won just one playoff series over the past 10 seasons. During 2018-19, the Flames went 50-25-7 with 107 points during the regular season — second best in the NHL to only the Lightning — but were bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

Calgary has a pretty strong defense, led by James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Mark Giordano, so making the roster won't be easy for MacDonald.

The Flyers bought out MacDonald for better cap flexibility and to open the door for some of their younger defensemen to take the next step. With the additions of Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun, the Flyers have solid, accomplished guys to augment the younger group of Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Philippe Myers, Robert Hagg and Samuel Morin.

"This guy is a consummate professional," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said of MacDonald in June. "We asked a lot of Andrew and by that I mean he was a player that played the left side, played the right side, he'd be a healthy scratch and then we'd put him back in the lineup. We asked him to play with young players and mentor them and bring stability to our back end.

"He's just a quality person and a guy that played a very effective two-way game for our team, but we are in a cap world and we made that tough decision today to try reallocate some of those dollars to maximize our chance to stay in the hunt on some players."

The Flyers will pay MacDonald $1,916,667 in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

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Little boy preciously confuses Flyers mascot Gritty for Cookie Monster

Little boy preciously confuses Flyers mascot Gritty for Cookie Monster

Gritty will take this as a compliment.

After all, who doesn't love Cookie Monster? The big, blue, furry creature eats cookies for all three meals of the day — that's living.

Gritty knows how to live, too. The Flyers' mascot was confused for the Sesame Street character by an adorable little boy admiring Cookie Mon--err, Gritty on the cover of Philadelphia Magazine.

The video was posted on Twitter Tuesday morning by @shegabstoomuch.

"Whoaaaaaa," the little boy says in awe.

"Wow, who is that?" he's asked.

"Cookie Monster!"

Tremendous.

Gritty will not endure a sophomore slump in 2019-20. He has been working on his figure this summer, staying in shape for the upcoming season.

Does he sneak in a cookie from time to time? Of course he does.

So our little guy wasn't far off.


(Eric Hartline/USA Today Images)

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