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Rangers' 2008-09 schedule released

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Complete 2008-09 Rangers Schedule

The New York Rangers will open the 2008-09 season on Saturday, Oct. 4, taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. This marks the first time the Rangers will play a regular season game outside of North America, and the second consecutive year that the NHL has begun its season overseas.  New York’s home opener at MSG will be on Friday, October 10, against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Forward Petr Prucha should feel right at home when the Rangers face the Tampa Bay Lightning to open the 2008-09 NHL regular season in his native country.
With a newly formatted schedule, the Rangers will face each NHL team at least one time over the course of the season.  New York will face Atlantic Division foes New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and the Islanders six times each.  The Blueshirts will face all other Eastern Conference opponents a total of four times apiece. 

Also, the Rangers will host the Northwest Division – Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota, and Vancouver – and will travel to meet the Central Division opponents – Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Nashville, and St. Louis.  New York will also host Chicago as one of their at-large games on October 10.  In addition, the Rangers will host Pacific Division opponents – Anaheim, Dallas and Phoenix – and will travel to meet – Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Jose.

The schedule features six Saturday contests at MSG and seven Sunday games at home.  The Rangers will play one back-to-back set in New York, on Saturday, March 21 vs. Buffalo and Sunday, March 22 vs. Ottawa.  The team’s longest homestand will be three games, which happens four times – October 13 to October 17, November 15 to November 19, December 23 to December 29, and March 21 to March 24 – and the busiest night on the Rangers’ home schedule is Monday, with eight dates.  In addition, the Rangers will play seven home games on Sundays, seven on Tuesdays, six on Wednesdays, four on Thursdays, two on Fridays, and six on Saturdays during the season.

Starting times for all games at MSG will be 7 p.m., except for the following seven dates (which includes potential national selections for NBC*): Wed., Nov. 19 vs. Vancouver (7:30 PM); Sun., Nov. 30 vs. Florida (1:00 PM); Sat., Dec. 27 vs. New Jersey (7:30 PM); Wed., Jan. 7 vs. Montreal (7:30 PM); Sun., Feb. 15 vs. Philadelphia (TBD*); Sun., Mar. 8 vs. Boston (TBD*); and Sun., Mar. 15 vs. Philadelphia (TBD*).
*Please note games listed as TBD are based on a potential national TV schedule. Start times on these games will not be confirmed until 13 days prior to the game day. Please check for final start times.

NOTE: Single-game tickets will be put on-sale to the public in September.  No date has been set at this time.
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