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5 Most Anticipated Philadelphia Flyers Games

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5 Most Anticipated Philadelphia Flyers Games

5 Most Anticipated Philadelphia Flyers Games
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re a hockey fan on Twitter, you’ve probably used the hashtag “Is it October yet?” quite a few times. I know I have. While it’s just August now, hockey fans still have a few more months left until hockey is officially back. This year, we actually get a full season, and for the Philadelphia Flyers, we can only hope to be optimistic going into October.

The Flyers still have a few loose ends to tie up, mostly if anyone will get traded to make room for the cap or if the team is going to re-sign veteran Simon Gagne. Unless he retires?

While these issues still need to be resolved before the new season starts, as fans we can start to focus on the excitement of the new season. Last season, since there were only 48 games, the Flyers did not play a single game against any Western Conference team. Since this will be a full season, not only will they play quite a few more games, but they will be playing as a team in the new Metropolitan division.

Due to the new divisions, this season is going to be a little different than previous ones. This is something to be excited about, because we will see the Flyers play Western teams more. This also means we’ll see them play non-division rivals more as well. This brings up which games early on will be the most anticipated. Here are the top-five games early on in the season that should be of extreme interest to every Flyers fan.

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5. Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets at Philadelphia Flyers
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A bit later in the season, the Philadelphia Flyers will face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets for the first time on Dec. 19. This game should be anticipated because the Flyers have not played the team since the 2011-12 season and they will be facing former goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. It will also be the first time goalie Steve Mason will face his former team. It should be an interesting game, especially since they will play a rematch in Columbus two days later.

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4. New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers

New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
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The New York Rangers have always been a big rivalry for the Flyers, so when they host and play the Rangers for the first time next season on Oct. 24, it will be a big deal. The Rangers struggled last year as well, but they were still able to one up the Flyers and the team was unable to beat the Rangers during the 2011-12 season, so they have a lot to make up for this season.

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3. Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers

Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers
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When the Flyers take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2, it will be a really anticipated game, but not just because they will be facing former player James Van Riemsdyk. This is also the first game of the season, so it will be pretty exciting for fans. It also happens to be a home game, and that makes it more important to the team.

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2. Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils

Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils
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If you have been follow my blogging on rantsports, then you should know that I really don't like the New Jersey Devils. And I really can't give a reason why. Even so, for me personally, the first time the Flyers play the Devils on Nov. 2 will be a huge game. Since former Flyer Jaromir Jagr has signed with the Devils, this is another reason why this game will be well anticipated by fans.

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1. Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers
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There is no way that the first time the Flyers play the Pittsburgh Penguins won't be the most anticipated game. The Flyers will play and host the Penguins for the first time on Oct. 17, and I can't wait to watch Claude Giroux deck Sidney Crosby again.