- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers will play host to the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic, and will open their season at Stanley Cup-champion Boston.

Among the highlights of the 2011-12 schedule released Thursday, the Flyers and Rangers will play in the annual outdoor game at 1 p.m. Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies.

The Flyers open the season Oct. 6 at Boston in a rivalry that is growing with each year. The Bruins swept the Flyers in the second-round of the playoffs last season, and the year before, the Flyers overcame an 0-3 series deficit to rally past Boston in the same round.

The home opener is Oct. 12 against Vancouver, the defending Western Conference champions.

The season finale is April 7 at Pittsburgh.