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Ducks dump Flyers in home opener 3-2, Matt Read scores his 4th, Simmonds his 3rd goals of the season
Breaking down the Flyers schedule:
      Every year the Flyers schedule comes out, I study like a 12 year old when he gets a new comic book.  Will I travel to a game or games?  I realized a life long dream when I went on a west coast Canada swing and saw the Flyers play (an lose) to the Canucks, Flames and Oilers two years ago.
      I must say up front, for attending road Flyers games, this year's schedule is the worst.  I wanted to go to the Florida games this year, but they play the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  UGH!  No only would travel stink and be expensive, but would take me away for a holiday which I usually rest.
       So here's out it looks:   There are 13 Sunday games, 4 Monday games, 14 Tuesday games, 10 Wednesday games, 17 Thursday games, 4 Friday games, and 20 Saturday games.
        Of the 13 Sunday games, only 3 are at home.  A November Flames game, two games against the Hurricanes in March and April, including the last game of the season.  Of the 10 away Sunday games 2 are 12:30pm games, 2 at 5pm, 3 at 6pm, 1 at 7:30 and 2 are at 10pm.  9 of the 13 come after January 1st.
         4 games are on Monday, 3 are home games at 7pm, 1 is away at 7:30.
         14 Tuesday games are split down the middle, with 7 at home, 7 away.  All are at 7 or 7:30, except two away games at 8pm and 8:30pm (Blackhawks, 3rd game of the season).
         Wednesday night brings NBCSN's games, and the Flyers have their share.  Of the 10 games, they are slotted for 8pm six times.  Of the other four, 2 are at 7pm (1 H, 1 A) and two late niters away at 9:30pm and 10pm.
        Thursday has 17 games, including 10 home 7pm games.  The away games feature 5 at 7 or 7:30pm, 1 at 8pm, 1 at 9pm.  
       Friday has only 4 games, none are in 2017, and only 1 is at home, the after Thanksgiving game vs the Rangers.  The other 3 away games include the season opener against the Kings at 10:30pm, at 10pm Dec.30th game at the Sharks, and on Nov.11th (which marries up to a large Hockey card show in Toronto) at the Leafs.
          Saturday has 20 games, 11 during the day with 8 at 1pm, 1 at 12:30pm, and 2 at 2pm.  5 of the 9 night games are at home.  2 in Oct, 1 mid-November, 1 in January,  1 in April (the last two against the Devils).
         The biggest duration of time off comes between the Sunday, January 15th 12:30 Caps game, and the Saturday night January 21st hone game against the Devils.  Big home stands include 7 games of 9 from Nov.12th to Nov. 29th.  The two games in the middle are in Florida.  There is a 5 game home stand in the very beginning of February.  The Flyers will also enjoy playing 5 of the last 7 games of the season at home.
       With the World Cup stalling the beginning of the season until October 14th, the Flyers will only play 10 games in October.  November will see 14 games, December 14 games, January 13 games, February 11 games, March 15 games, and April 5 games. 
Next Game:
  vs Hurricanes 
Last poll:
Who do you prefer in goal for the Flyers? 

Michal Neuvirth , really has out-played Mason on a consistent basis 66.67% (14 votes)

Play whoever is hot 14.29% (3 votes)

Michal Neuvirth, he was the better
 player in the playoffs 9.52% (2 votes)

Unless one is really slumping, play them every other night 9.52% (2 votes)

Steve Mason, he has to play his way in to game shape 0% (0 votes)

Total Votes: 21     
Saturday, Oct. 22th  7pm
      Steve Mason stopped 23 saves but is 0-2 on the season.  Steve actually assisted on the Flyers first goal by Read.
Ducks 3 Flyers 2

     The Ducks captured their first win of the season on their 5th straight road game to start the season.  The Flyers haven't beaten the Ducks in Philly since 2008, and have lost 7 straight to the Ducks now.
      Matt Read continued his hot start with a sweet deke in front of the net from the left wing.
      Mike Raffl was scratched and will be out 7-10 days with an injury solving the problem of benching someone to accamodate Brayden Schenn's return to the lineup after sitting out the first 3 games serving out a suspension.
Claude Giroux added an assist to bring his season total to 5 against the Ducks
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     Matt Read tied the game at 1 with his 4th goal of the season against the Ducks.
    Wayne Simmonds buried a nice pass from Voracek cross crease for his 3rd goals of the season and it gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead over the Ducks at the time.