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Time to start churning

by Dan Rosen / NHL.com
PRAGUE -- Starting with the game here Thursday night (afternoon in North America), the Rangers face the daunting test of playing four games in five nights in four different countries.

Ryan Callahan told NHL.com that now is when the grind really begins.

"We have four in five coming up, and now is the time we have to really start focusing on the regular season and getting prepared," Callahan said.

The Rangers face HC Sparta Prague here and then go to Gothenburg, Swe. to play the Frolunda Indians on Friday. They have an off day in Gothenburg on Saturday, and then head to Bratislava, Slovakia on Sunday to play HC Slovan.

It's an in and out trip in Bratislava because the Rangers (and I) will be back on the plane to head to Zug, Switzerland for their final preseason game Monday. After two nights there, the Rangers leave for Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon to begin final preparations for their season opener against the Kings next Thursday night at Globe Arena.

"It's really an intense couple of days here with four games in five nights in four different countries, so we have to be focused and do our best in these four games," Henrik Lundqvist said. "They mean a lot to us. It's an intense couple of days."

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