The Rangers begin the 2008-2009 regular season tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Bridgestone NHL Premiere in Prague, Czech Republic (6:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. EST), marking the first time the franchise has ever played a regular season game outside of North America. Tonight's game is the first of back-to-back contests against the Lightning in Prague. In eight pre-season contests this year, New York posted a record of 3-5-0, including back-to-back wins against European opponents in Bern, Switzerland. The Rangers defeated SC Bern, 8-1, on Tuesday and defeated the European Champions Metallurg Magnitogorsk, 4-3, on Wednesday, coming back from a three-goal deficit to capture the inaugural Victoria Cup. The Lightning posted a 5-1-0 record in six pre-season games.Download complete game notes >>
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 1050 New York. All Time – Rangers vs. Lightning
At MSG: 17-12-2-2
At Tampa Bay: 13-14-3-1 2008-09 - Rangers vs. Lightning
Oct. 4 Rangers vs. Lightning at Prague, Czech Republic
Oct. 5 Rangers vs. Lightning at Prague, Czech Republic
Nov. 6 Rangers vs. Lightning at MSG
Nov. 26 Rangers vs. Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum 2007-08 – Rangers vs. Lightning
Oct. 29 Rangers 3 vs. Lightning 1 at MSG
Nov. 21 Rangers 2 vs. Lightning 1 at St. Pete Times Forum
Jan. 8 Rangers 3 vs. Lightning 5 at MSG
March 15 Rangers 0 vs. Lightning 3 at St. Pete Times Forum Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Oct. 4 Rangers at Tampa Bay (Prague) 12:00 p.m.
Oct. 5 Rangers vs. Tampa Bay (Prague) 12:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 Rangers vs. Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 11 Rangers at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 13 Rangers vs. New Jersey 7:00 p.m. Injuries