The Flyers’ 56-game schedule will include a twist: an outdoor game in Nevada against the Boston Bruins on Feb. 21.
It will be part of a two-game “Outdoor Weekend” showcase in Lake Tahoe, according to Sportsnet in Canada. The other game: Colorado vs. Vegas on Feb. 20.
Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher did not respond when asked for confirmation in a text message.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the picturesque Edgewood Tahoe Resort, home of a popular celebrity golf tournament, will host the games. They will be held around the 16th, 17th, and 18th holes. Fans will not attend, the report said.
This would be the Flyers’ fifth outdoor game in their history and their second against Boston. They lost to the Bruins in overtime, 2-1, in the Winter Classic at Fenway Park in 2010.
The Flyers are 1-2-1 in outdoor games, with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over visiting Pittsburgh in 2019. In that game, the Flyers scored two goals with their goalie pulled to tie the score, 3-3, then won in overtime on Claude Giroux’s goal before 69,620 fans at rainy, percolating Lincoln Financial Field.
Since 2003, the NHL has had 30 regular-season outdoor games, including three last season.