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Flyers to Play in Front of National Audience 20 Times in 2019-20


Though the Flyers schedule has been out for months now, we got some very interesting news regarding where you'll be able to view the Orange and Black for the upcoming season. NBC has announced their offerings for the NHL season - 97 regular season games, including the Winter Classic, Heritage Classic, Stadium Series, and Winter Classic.

Regardless of how well the Flyers play on the ice, they're already guaranteed to lead the league in one category - games played on national TV. Nearly 25% of the Flyers 82-game schedule (20 games to be exact) will be broadcast on NBC or NBCSN, including the home opener on October 9th against the Devils. In fact, why don't we just give you the whole list (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

10/9: New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN, 7:30)

10/16: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Edmonton Oilers (NBCSN, 9:30)

11/13: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN, 7:30)

11/27: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (NBCSN, 7:00)

12/11: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Colorado Avalanche (NBCSN, 9:30)

12/23: New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN, 7:00)

1/8: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN, 7:30)

1/15: Philadelphia Flyers vs. St. Louis Blues (NBCSN, 8:00)

1/21: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN, 7:30)

2/3: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings (NBCSN, 7:30)

2/11: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Islanders (NBCSN, 7:00)

2/13: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Florida Panthers (NBCSN, 7:00)

3/1: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers (NBC, 12:00)

3/4: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals (NBCSN, 7:00)

3/5: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN, 7:00)

3/10: Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN, 7:00)

3/17: St. Louis Blues vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN, 7:00)

3/26: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings (NBCSN, 7:30)

3/29: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBC, 12:00) 4/1: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers (NBCSN, 7:30)

This massive list includes twelve matchups against fellow Metropolitan division squads, both meetings with the defending champion St. Louis Blues, and nine appearances on Wednesday Night Hockey (which, along with the two NBC games, are the most likely to be called by Doc Emrick, my vote for the best announcer in sports).

The Flyers are always going to receive a decent amount of attention for this schedule because they are usually a competitive team and play in a big market. But considering they missed the playoffs last year, it's a bit surprising to see them topping the chart of teams featured most often (on the other end, Ottawa appears to be the only team completely absent from the schedule). Hopefully, the Flyers are just as good as NBC apparently thinks they'll be.

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