NEWARK, N.J. - Bolstered by a strong finish that produced a playoff spot last spring, the Flyers have sold nearly 18,000 season tickets per game, an increase of about 1,700 for each game, according to Shawn Tilger, the team's chief operating officer of business operations.

"Our renewal rate was 95 percent, which was among the highest in the league, and we are second in the league in new season-ticket sales," Tilger said.

The increase, Tilger said, can also be attributed to the fans' interest in attending many of the pregame events planned to celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary.

Tickets are still available for individual games at all price levels.

World Cup update

The Flyers are one of seven NHL teams to have players on both sides of the World Cup finalists, Canada and Europe. The best-of-three series starts Tuesday night in Toronto.

Claude Giroux is on favored Canada, while Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Mark Streit are playing for surprising Europe. Giroux has been a healthy scratch in three of four games and has no points.

Bellemare (two points) and Streit (none) have played in all four games for Europe, whose squad includes former Flyers defensemen Luca Sbisa and Dennis Seidenberg.

The Flyers' other four World Cup participants - Shayne Gostisbehere, Jake Voracek, Michal Neuvirth, and Sean Couturier - skated at the team's Voorhees practice facility Monday morning.

"I would have thought we'd be able to keep them off the ice for one more day, but they all wanted to come back and they got into about a 40-minute practice," coach Dave Hakstol said.

Hakstol said none of the World Cup Flyers are expected to play in an exhibition game until Saturday night against visiting Boston.

"They're chomping. They do want to play, but there's no need right now," Hakstol said.


The Flyers will face the Islanders in an exhibition game Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center. . . . Hakstol is pleased with what he has seen from center-turned-left wing Scott Laughton, who is battling for a roster spot. "He's come into camp in very good shape and his testing went well," Hakstol said Monday before the split-squad game in New Jersey. "And more importantly, his few days on the ice have been very solid."