For many Flyers fans, there was a familiar refrain when it was announced Wednesday that the club would open the 2018-19 season in Las Vegas: Road trip!
Vegas, the expansion team that stunned the hockey world by winning the Western Conference championship this season, will open its second year by hosting the Flyers on Thursday, Oct. 4.
The Flyers’ home opener will be Oct. 9 against San Jose.
Only teams’ home openers were announced Wednesday; the entire 2018-19 schedule will be announced Thursday.
A year ago, the Flyers, with thousands of their orange-clad fans in attendance, scored a 4-1 win in their only game in Vegas’ percolating T-Mobile Arena.
Couturier finishes second
Flyers center Sean Couturier finished second in the voting for the Selke Trophy (best defensive forward), won by Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar at the NHL awards show Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Kopitar received 70 first-place votes — 33 more than Couturier.
Vegas’ Deryk Engelland won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. He beat out the Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds and Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler.