The NHL has announced the 2019-20 season schedule

The NHL has announced the 2019-20 season schedule

The 2019-20 NHL schedule is here, and we already knew the Flyers would be starting the season with an Oct. 4 game in Prague against the Blackhawks — their first ever in Europe.

As it turns out, the first two weeks of their season will stretch across 10 time zones. After the game in Prague, the Flyers will come home for their home opener against the Devils on Oct. 9. Then they’ll head immediately west for games across North America in Vancouver on Oct. 12, Calgary on Oct. 15 and Edmonton on Oct. 16.

We’re going to learn a lot about these Flyers in just the first five games of the season.

You can view the entire Flyers 2019-20 schedule here. TV schedule information will be released later in the summer. Here are some more highlights:

New Year's on the West Coast

As part of their annual holiday season road trip, the Flyers will make their third-ever trip to face the Vegas Golden Knights over the holiday, facing off at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, Jan. 2. That’s part of a six-game trip that includes stops in San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Arizona and Carolina. It’s their longest trip of the year.

They’ll actually be in L.A. for a game on New Year's Eve proper, facing off at 9 p.m. ET that night against the Kings. Yes, the Flyers will likely be just finishing up a game as the clock turns from 2019 to 2020 on the East Coast.

Bye week bookended by Penguins

The Flyers won’t host their rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, until Jan. 21. That game will be the first of a home-and-home with the Pens … kind of. The Flyers will have 10 days off after that matchup in Philly, not playing again until a Jan. 31 matchup in Pittsburgh.

Other important notes

The Flyers will visit the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Blues visit Philly — and presumably South Philly’s newest Blues bar, The Jacks, on March 17.

In addition to the holiday trip out west, the Flyers will also head west from December 11-15 with games in Colorado, Minnesota and Winnipeg.

The longest homestand this season lasts only three games, and that happens on multiple occasions throughout the season. The Flyers do have a stretch of 13 days with very limited travel in January, however. They’re home from Jan. 8 against Washington, through the 21st against Pittsburgh, with the exception of the aforementioned road game in St. Louis on the 15th. That leads into that bye week, so they’ll have just that one quick St. Louis trip as their only travel between Jan. 8 and the 31st.

 The season ends with a Saturday evening, April 4 game in Buffalo against the Sabres.

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Flyers to play in NHL Global Series, open 2019-20 regular season in Prague

Flyers to play in NHL Global Series, open 2019-20 regular season in Prague

CHICAGO — Hockey fans, this is the road trip you’ve been waiting for.

The Flyers will play outside North America for the first time in their 52-year existence.

The team will wrap up its 2019 training camp in Lausanne, Switzerland, with an exhibition game against Lausanne HC on Monday, Sept. 30. 

From there, the Flyers will embark some 565 miles to Prague, Czech Republic, where they will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 4 at O2 Arena for the 2019-20 regular-season opener.

It’s a chance for Czech natives Jakub Voracek and Radko Gudas, who both grew up in the Prague suburb of Kladno, to play a game in their home country.   

“Obviously, it’s something that as a kid you don’t think it’s possible,” Voracek said in a statement released by the team Thursday. “I think it’s great for us to see all the friends and family being able to attend an NHL game you can participate in. It’ll be special. It’s going to be exciting. I think everyone’s pretty pumped up for Prague.”

The city of Prague is featured in this month’s edition of Money Magazine as one of the top 10 international destinations to visit.

The average round-trip airfare is just under $1,000, while the cost of a week for two people will run around $3,500.

Switzerland and the Czech Republic are not the only international stops for the NHL this season. 

The Blackhawks will play a preseason game in Berlin, Germany, with the Lightning and Sabres playing a regular-season game in November in Stockholm, Sweden.

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