The Philadelphia Flyers 2021-2022 schedule has been released. The NHL is set to have a traditional 82-game schedule which hockey fans haven’t seen over the last two seasons because of the pandemic.
What a change it will be to be back to full capacity. The Flyers’ season opener comes on Friday, Oct. 15, against Vancouver. They will have four straight home games to kick off the season. The last time the Flyers opened a season on a four-game homestand with fans in attendance was 1974-75, according to Flyers manager of broadcasting and media services Brian Smith. (If this kind of stuff means anything to you.) The Flyers’ longest stretch of consecutive home games is six. This stretch occurs from February 26 to March 8, 2022. They have five consecutive road games as their longest away stretch. This occurs twice during the season.
Some Interesting Notes
Only the second game of the season, and Dave Hakstol returns to town with his newly formed Seattle Kracken. The Orange and Black’s first-ever trip to Seattle will be on December 29, 2021. The Black Friday home game will be the ‘Canes. The Flyer’s first home game match-up against the hated Penguins is on January 6, 2022. The newly acquired defensemen, Ryan Ellis will return to Nashville and take on his old team on March 27, 2022.
The Olympic Break
The Flyers will only see action on the ice four times during February. With the Olympics, there will a break from the 2nd to the 22nd. The NHL All-Star Game will be the last on-ice event before the Olympic break, but it’s unclear whether it’s considered part of that break. Player participation is not yet guaranteed for NHL players. Opening ceremonies for the Beijing Games are scheduled for February 4, 2022. Preliminary-round games in the men’s ice hockey tournament are scheduled to begin around February 9, 2022.
Flyers Make Things Interesting
The Flyers have made some moves this offseason. They acquired defenseman Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick. The thirty-year-old spent his entire career with the Predators after being picked 11th overall in the 2009 NHL draft. Ellis has a reputation as a player with a strong defensive presence while still being a guy who can help n the offensive side. He does come with injury concerns. In three of his last four seasons, Ellis missed a significant amount of time. Ellis is two years into an eight-year, $50 million contract. His cap hit is $6.25 million per year through the 2026-27 season.
On the heels of the Ellis trade, the Flyers traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a second-round pick in 2022 and a seventh-round pick in 2022 to the Arizona Coyotes for some guy unknown named “Cap Space.” (Sorry Dad Joke). What part of the Flyers 2021-2022 schedule being released excites you.