Hockey news and notes

Ian Laperriere

Lappy coaching Phantoms

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are the top minor league affiliate for the Flyers, playing at PPL Center in Allentown.

The Phantoms play in the American Hockey League.

Former Flyers player and assistant coach Ian Laperriere is in his first year as head coach.

The Phantoms played a shortened season in 2020-21, going 18-7-4, with one tie. No playoffs were held.

The season opens on Oct. 16. The team will play its first two games on the road until the home opener on Oct. 23. Home games feature promotions and giveaways.

For ticket information, call 610-224-GOAL or visit phantomshockey.com. ••

Reading Royals are back

The Reading Royals, a Flyers affiliate since 2014, return to the ice after a year off.

The Royals, who compete in the East Coast Hockey League, suspended operations for the 2020-21 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2019-20, the Royals were 37-17-5-1 before the season was canceled following the COVID outbreak.

Home games are played at Santander Arena in downtown Reading, in Berks County.

The Royals open the season Oct. 22 at Norfolk before welcoming the Admirals for their home opener the following night. There are promotions throughout the season.

Tickets are available at royalshockey.com. ••

Back to an 82-game schedule

During the 2020-21 NHL season, played while the American/Canadian border was closed due to the coronavirus, the league realigned divisions to put all the Canadian teams into the same division. The Flyers played in the East Division.

Teams played a 56-game schedule and faced off only against division opponents in the regular season.

This season, the league has returned to the traditional 82-game schedule and the pre-pandemic division format, with the Flyers in the Metropolitan Division. Teams will play each other team at least twice.

The Seattle Kraken are new to the league and have been placed in the Pacific Division, with Arizona moving to the Central Division.

Below are this season’s division format:

Eastern Conference

Metropolitan Division: Flyers, Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Washington.

Atlantic Division: Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto.

Western Conference

Central Division: Arizona, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg.

Pacific Division: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, Vancouver, Vegas. ••

2020-21 STANDINGS

EAST

W L OT POINTS

Pittsburgh 37 16 3 77

Washington 36 15 5 77

Boston 33 16 7 73

New York Islanders 32 17 7 71

New York Rangers 27 23 6 60

Flyers 25 23 8 58

New Jersey 19 30 7 45

Buffalo 15 34 7 37

WEST

W L OT POINTS

Colorado 39 13 4 82

Vegas 40 14 2 82

Minnesota 35 16 5 75

St. Louis 27 20 9 63

Arizona 24 26 6 54

Los Angeles 21 28 7 49

San Jose 21 28 7 49

Anaheim 17 30 9 43

CENTRAL

W L OT POINTS

Carolina 36 12 8 80

Florida 37 14 5 79

Tampa Bay 36 17 3 75

Nashville 31 23 2 64

Dallas 23 19 14 60

Chicago 24 25 7 55

Detroit 19 27 10 48

Columbus 18 26 12 48

NORTH

W L OT POINTS

Toronto 35 14 7 77

Edmonton 35 19 2 72

Winnipeg 30 23 3 63

Montreal 24 21 11 59

Calgary 26 27 3 55

Ottawa 23 28 5 51

Vancouver 23 29 4 50

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS (ALL SERIES BEST OF 7)

FIRST ROUND

New York Islanders def. Pittsburgh, 4-2

Boston def. Washington, 4-1

Carolina def. Nashville, 4-2

Tampa Bay def. Florida, 4-2

Colorado def. St. Louis, 4-0

Vegas def. Minnesota, 4-3

Montreal def. Toronto, 4-3

Winnipeg def. Edmonton, 4-0

SECOND ROUND

New York Islanders def. Boston, 4-2

Tampa Bay def. Carolina, 4-1

Vegas def. Colorado, 4-2

Montreal def. Winnipeg, 4-0

SEMIFINALS

Montreal def. Vegas, 4-2

Tampa Bay def. New York Islanders, 4-3

FINAL

Tampa Bay def. Montreal, 4-1

2021-22 STANLEY CUP ODDS

(according to covers.com)

Colorado +500

Tampa Bay +600

Vegas +750

Toronto +1,200

Boston +1,300

Carolina +1,400

New York Rangers +2,000

New York Islanders +2,000

Dallas +2,200

Florida +2,200

Minnesota +2,500

Edmonton +2,500

Pittsburgh +2,500

Washington +2,500

Montreal +2,500

Flyers +3,000

St. Louis +4,000

Winnipeg +4,000

Calgary +4,000

Chicago +4,500

Los Angeles +5,000

New Jersey +5,000

Seattle +5,000

Vancouver +5,500

Nashville +6,000

Ottawa +8,000

San Jose +10,000

Columbus +10,000

Anaheim +12,500

Arizona +15,000

Buffalo +20,000

Detroit +20,000

How it works: If you bet $100 on the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup and they do, you win $3,000 and get back the $100.

STANLEY CUP FINALS CHAMPIONS

2021: Tampa Bay Lightning

2020: Tampa Bay Lightning

2019: St. Louis Blues

2018: Washington Capitals

2017: Pittsburgh Penguins

2016: Pittsburgh Penguins

2015: Chicago Blackhawks

2014: Los Angeles Kings

2013: Chicago Blackhawks

2012: Los Angeles Kings

2011: Boston Bruins

2010: Chicago Blackhawks

2009: Pittsburgh Penguins

2008: Detroit Red Wings

2007: Anaheim Ducks

2006: Carolina Hurricanes

2005: No champion

2004: Tampa Bay Lightning

2003: New Jersey Devils

2002: Detroit Red Wings

2001: Colorado Avalanche

2000: New Jersey Devils

1999: Dallas Stars

1998: Detroit Red Wings

1997: Detroit Red Wings

1996: Colorado Avalanche

1995: New Jersey Devils

1994: New York Rangers

1993: Montreal Canadiens

1992: Pittsburgh Penguins

1991: Pittsburgh Penguins

1990: Edmonton Oilers

1989: Calgary Flames

1988: Edmonton Oilers

1987: Edmonton Oilers

1986: Montreal Canadiens

1985: Edmonton Oilers

1984: Edmonton Oilers

1983: New York Islanders

1982: New York Islanders

1981: New York Islanders

1980: New York Islanders

1979: Montreal Canadiens

1978: Montreal Canadiens

1977: Montreal Canadiens

1976: Montreal Canadiens

1975: Philadelphia Flyers

1974: Philadelphia Flyers

1973: Montreal Canadiens

1972: Boston Bruins

1971: Montreal Canadiens

1970: Boston Bruins

1969: Montreal Canadiens

1968: Montreal Canadiens

1967: Toronto Maple Leafs

1966: Montreal Canadiens

1965: Montreal Canadiens

1964: Toronto Maple Leafs

1963: Toronto Maple Leafs

1962: Toronto Maple Leafs

1961: Chicago Black Hawks

1960: Montreal Canadiens

1959: Montreal Canadiens

1958: Montreal Canadiens

1957: Montreal Canadiens

1956: Montreal Canadiens

1955: Detroit Red Wings

1954: Detroit Red Wings

1953: Montreal Canadiens

1952: Detroit Red Wings

1951: Toronto Maple Leafs

1950: Detroit Red Wings

1949: Toronto Maple Leafs

1948: Toronto Maple Leafs

1947: Toronto Maple Leafs

1946: Montreal Canadiens

1945: Toronto Maple Leafs

1944: Montreal Canadiens

1943: Detroit Red Wings

1942: Toronto Maple Leafs

1941: Boston Bruins

1940: New York Rangers

1939: Boston Bruins

1938: Chicago Black Hawks

1937: Detroit Red Wings

1936: Detroit Red Wings

1935: Montreal Maroons

1934: Chicago Black Hawks

1933: New York Rangers

1932: Toronto Maple Leafs

1931: Montreal Canadiens

1930: Montreal Canadiens

1929: Boston Bruins

1928: New York Rangers

1927: Ottawa Senators

1926: Montreal Maroons

1925: Victoria Cougars

1924: Montreal Canadiens

1923: Ottawa Senators

1922: Toronto St. Pats

1921: Ottawa Senators

1920: Ottawa Senators

1919: No champion

1918: Toronto Arenas

1917: Seattle Metropolitans

1916: Montreal Canadiens

1915: Vancouver Millionaires