Flyers to host Ducks in home opener on Oct. 20, begin season out West

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The Flyers will host the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 20 in their home opener of the 2016-17 season, the team announced Monday afternoon.

While the NHL will not release the full schedule until Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes revealed they'll open the season against the Flyers on Oct. 14 and 15, respectively, which means the orange and black will begin the season out West.

It will be the fifth time in franchise history the Flyers open their home slate against a Western Conference foe since 1993-94 when the NHL changed the conference names, and first since hosting the Vancouver Canucks in 2011-12, a 5-4 win.

The Flyers are 4-0-0 all-time against Western Conference teams in home openers. It's also the second time since the Ducks came into the league in 1993-94 the Flyers opened at home against Anaheim. The first time came on Oct. 11, 1998, a 4-0 Flyers win.

That season, the Flyers finished 37-26-19 and lost in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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