UPDATE: Here's a link to the Rangers full 48-game season.
... 48 games in 99 days will be brutal for every team. Wonder if Torts goes gung-ho on shot blocking.
... Six back-to-backs. Yikes.
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... The Rangers schedule should be released tonight. Signings and trades can begin shortly after midnight. Camp will open tomorrow.
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I love how 5 of our first 7 games are on the NHL Network...its no problem for you people who live in the local market, but for diehards like me, massive problem.
14 of their first 21 games at home. 11 of final 17 games on the road. Need a fast start and this sets the Rangers up nicely.
i count six back-to-backs:
what's worse, is that none are home-home (1 away-away, 5 home-away or away-home) which means travel for each back-to-back...that's a quarter of the schedule...
Schedule is out - from Ranger website:
The way it looks to me, here's the breakdown on games vs. opponents:
Pitt - 5
Phi - 5
NJ - 4
All other Conference opponents 3x
@smoothyv Looks like 5 guaranteed wins against Philly.
@TheWrage Some further analysis:
only 10 times do they have more than one day off between games (never more than 2 days) and that happens only once in March and once in April...they get FLA, TOR, TB, WAS & WPG twice in the Garden, and BOS, MTL, BUFF, OTT & CAR twice on the road. Strap yourself in, looks like quite a ride.
@TheWrage funny how we get 5 against the Penguins and the Flyers, but only 4 against the Isles and Devils...a little different than the 7 games against divisional foes that was reported toward the end of negotiations...league probably worried about one or two strong teams in a weak division beating up on the patsies while the evenly balanced divisions beat each other up.