The Flyers raised their record to 5-3, primarily because they were able to shut down a scoring machine named Connor McDavid, who had a total of six points in two games against Philadelphia last season.
Simmonds, who did not practice Friday, scored the game winner at 17:45 of the third period after a magnificent cross goal swoop and feed from Valterri Filppula.
The Flyers edged Edmonton, 2-1, on Wayne Simmonds' late goal, his fourth game-winning tally out of their five victories.
The Flyers are 2-1 on their five-game homestand, which continues Saturday afternoon against the Oilers.
The Flyers couldn't contain Edmonton's Connor McDavid last season as he totaled six points in two games against them. ,
Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvith both struggled against the high-scoring Edmonton Oilers last season.
Goalie Michal Neuvirth was excellent (again) but got no offensive support as the Flyers slipped to 4-3.
Peter Laviolette championed an aggressive attack mentality, but the modern NHL has forced him to tinker.
Wayne Simmonds looked hobbled, two strong performances from rookie defensemen, and more.
About 18 months after he died of bladder cancer, a statue of Flyers co-founder Ed Snider was unveiled outside the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.
Scott Hartnell lost almost 10 pounds this offseason, down from the 220 (or more) that he regularly carried around during his seven seasons with the Flyers.
Wayne Simmonds said he was good to go for Thursday's game against visiting Nashville. At 4:30 p.m., an Ed Snider statue will be unveiled outside the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers hope Wayne Simmonds can play Thursday. He has been one of the NHL's most durable players, missing just 17 games in nine-plus seasons.
"The skating for these young D-men nowadays is at an unbelievable level …" Kimmo Timonen says. "The world has changed, I think.''