Flyers schedule tidbits

Philadelphia Flyers players, from left, Danny Briere, Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle celebrate Briere's game-winning goal for a hat trick in overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Flyers’ complete NHL schedule is expected to be released on Saturday, after the NHLPA’s 740 members ratify the CBA’s “memorandum of understanding.”

There are tons of leaks out there, some with wrong information. Until the official schedule is released, here are a few tidbits from the schedule that we can glean, as per a league source.

The Flyers’ 48-game schedule breaks down like this:

New Jersey (5) - three times on road
New York Rangers (5) - three times at home
New York Islanders (4)
Pittsburgh (4)

Toronto (3) - twice on road
Montreal (3) - twice on road
Winnipeg (3) - twice on road
Buffalo (3) - twice on road
Tampa Bay (3) - twice on road
Boston (3) - twice at home
Florida (3) - twice at home
Ottawa (3) - twice at home
Carolina (3) - twice at home
Washington (3) - twice at home

Now, the interesting part with an unbalanced schedule in the Atlantic division is that one team have a tougher schedule. In an expected three-team race (Penguins, Rangers, Flyers) for the division crown, that team appears to be the Rangers.

Both the Penguins and Flyers apparently wanted the extra home game in the series, so the league decided to give neither team the home game.

Here are the teams in the Atlantic that each team plays 5 times, according to league sources:

Pittsburgh - Rangers and Islanders, each 5x
Flyers - Rangers and Devils, each 5x
Rangers - Penguins and Flyers, each 5x
Devils - Flyers and Islanders, each 5x
Islanders - Devils and Penguins, each 5x

Clearly, the Rangers have the toughest schedule in the division. It’s interesting for the Flyers, since they get the Rangers for an extra home game. The Flyers, of course, were 0-6-0 against the Rangers last season, including the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

Other tidbits: The Flyers are expected to open with 7 games in 11 days ... and they could also have a 6-game road trip from Feb. 11-20.

Dates, times and ticket information will all be released with the official schedule. Stay tuned.

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