COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets will begin their 2015-16 season against a Metropolitan Division rival they've become quite familiar with.
On Friday, Oct. 9, the New York Rangers visit Nationwide Arena to kick off the new season. It marks the Rangers' second straight appearance as the Blue Jackets' opponent on opening night, with Columbus earning a 5-2 win on Oct. 11, 2014.
The next night, Oct. 10, will be the Rangers' home opener at Madison Square Garden -- and the Blue Jackets will be the guests of honor.
So, to recap, it's a home-and-home between the Blue Jackets and Rangers (Oct. 9-10) to open the season, and that's pretty cool.
Hockey's getting closer, everyone.
The complete 2015-16 NHL regular season schedule will be released Thursday morning, so stay tuned to BlueJackets.com and your #CBJ mobile app for comprehensive coverage.
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