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Rangers Announce 2004-2005 Schedule

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Team's 79th Regular Season Opens Friday, October 15 vs. Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club will open the 2004-2005 season on Friday, October 15 vs. Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden (7:00 PM). This marks the first time since the 1998-99 campaign that the Rangers have kicked off their season on home ice. New York will culminate an opening weekend home-and-home series with the Penguins when they travel to Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena on Saturday, October 16 (7:30 PM).

The club will kick-off the home portion of its 2004-2005 schedule by hosting four of the first five and seven of the first 10 games of the season at MSG. Included in this run are two separate three-game homestands, the club's longest of the season, featuring games against the Philadelphia Flyers, Atlanta Thrashers and San Jose Sharks from Wed., Oct. 20 through Mon., Oct. 25 and the Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, and Florida Panthers from Mon., Nov. 1 through Fri., Nov. 5. The club will enjoy seven three-game home stretches over the course of the season. The Rangers schedule includes two four-game road trips during the 2004-05 campaign. The first trip begins on Mon., Nov. 15 in Long Island and concludes on Sat., Nov. 20 in Montreal, also including visits to Atlanta and Buffalo. The team will embark on its second four-game road swing on Sat., Jan. 29 in Montreal, followed by visits to Vancouver and Calgary before finishing the trip on Sat., Feb. 5 in Edmonton.

The Rangers will face the Atlantic Division rival New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins six times, and all Northeast Division and Southeast Division opponents four times. New York will face the following Western Conference teams in a home-and-home series: the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks. The team will host single matches versus six Western Conference foes, including the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and St. Louis Blues. The defending Western Conference champion Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks will not make appearances at MSG this season.

Starting times for all home games will be 7:00 PM, except for the following 13 dates: Wed., Oct. 20 vs. Philadelphia (7:30 PM); Sat., Jan. 15 vs. Pittsburgh (7:30 PM); Sat., Jan. 22 vs. Philadelphia (2:00 PM); Tue., Feb. 8 vs. Toronto (7:30 PM); Sat., Feb. 19 vs. Philadelphia (2:00 PM); Mon., Feb. 21 vs. Chicago (1:00 PM); Wed., Feb. 23 vs. Tampa Bay (7:30 PM);Sun., Feb. 27 vs. Colorado (5:00 PM); Wed., Mar. 16 vs. New Jersey (7:30 PM); Fri., Mar. 25 vs. Long Island (7:30 PM); Mon., Mar. 28 vs. Montreal (7:30 PM); Mon., Apr. 4 vs. Tampa Bay (7:30 PM) and Wed., Apr. 6 vs. Ottawa (7:30 PM). The team will also play 12 Monday games, seven Thursday dates, six Wednesday and Saturday contests, five Friday games, three Sunday dates and two Tuesday matches. The Rangers busiest month on home ice comes in January when the club faces off at MSG nine times. New York's travel schedule is most hectic during the months of December and March, when they will play eight road matches.

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