By Ryan Gilbert @RiskyBryzness on August 23, 2014
After a long offseason including a few big moments, the Philadelphia Flyers are now looking ahead to the 2014-15 season. Every game on the schedule is important for every single NHL team. However, here are a few of the games that Flyers fans and NHL fans can't miss during this upcoming season.
Games between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are always intense. Unfortunately these two teams won’t meet in Philadelphia until the second half of the season. However, this will result in a great battle between two teams who have already established their identity for the 2014-15 NHL Season.
Homecoming games are always fun and that’s why a few are included in this list. Peter Laviolette coached the Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 2010 after a horrid start and led the team to playoff runs in 2011 and 2012 as well. Laviolette was beloved by most in Philadelphia and this should be a fun return for him.
As the end of the season approaches, many teams will be fighting for playoff positioning. The Flyers final stretch of six games starts with a crucial game in Pittsburgh. The Flyers have played well there in recent years and this could be a game that makes or breaks their season.
Former Flyers Captain Mike Richards, as well as Jeff Carter and Justin Williams return to Philadelphia as champions, again. This will also be the first time Hextall’s new squad faces the team that he used to be assistant general manager for and who he won a cup with in 2012. Not only will this be a homecoming game of sorts, it will also be an early season test to see where the Flyers measure up against the league’s elite.
The Philadelphia Flyers had to move on after last season and that included trading away Scott Hartnell. Hartnell was a polarizing figure in Philadelphia and it will be interesting to see what type of reception he gets in his return. Once again, this will not only be a homecoming for a former Flyer, but an important game against a division opponent as well.
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