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Rangers announce 2009-10 schedule

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Analysis: No Shortage of Dramatic Dates
Rangers to Play Seven Preseason Games

The New York Rangers will open the 2009-10 season with a back-to-back set beginning on Friday, October 2, against the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena. The Blueshirts will raise the curtain on Broadway the following night, Saturday, October 3, against the Ottawa Senators. For the second consecutive season, the Rangers' regular season campaign will conclude with a home-and-home set against Atlantic Division rivals the Philadelphia Flyers.

Marc Staal and the Rangers will collide with Kris Letang and the Cup champion Penguins in the Oct. 2 season-opener.
Following the newly formatted schedule from last season, 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 Pacific Division – Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Jose – and will travel to meet the Northwest Division opponents – Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota, and Vancouver.  New York will host Central Division opponents – Columbus, Detroit, Nashville, and St. Louis – and will travel to Chicago.  In addition, the Rangers will faceoff in Los Angeles, Phoenix and St. Louis as their at-large games.

The schedule features six Saturday contests at MSG and seven Sunday games at home.  The Rangers will play 13 back-to-back sets, including one in New York, on Sunday, October 11 against Anaheim and Monday, October 12 vs. Toronto.

The Blueshirts’ final back-to-back set of the season will be on Tuesday, April 6 at Buffalo, the final game of a season-high, six-game road trip, and will conclude on Wednesday, April 7 against Toronto.  The team's longest homestand will be three games, which happens seven times – October 11 to October 14, November 17 to November 23, December 12 to December 16, December 23 to December 30, January 2 to January 6, February 4 to February 10, and March 14 to March 18 – and the busiest night on the Rangers' home schedule is Wednesday, with nine dates.  In addition, the Rangers will play eight home games on Mondays, four on Tuesdays, six on Thursdays, and one on Fridays during the season.  New York will have a 15-day break between games from February 15 to March 1 for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Starting times for all games at MSG will be 7:00 PM, except for the following five dates: Sun., Oct. 11 vs. Anaheim (5:00 PM); Sun., Nov. 1 vs. Boston (1:00 PM); Sat., Jan. 2 vs. Carolina (1:00 PM); Sun., Feb. 14 vs. Tampa Bay (1:00 PM); and Sun., Mar. 14 vs Philadelphia (3:00 PM).

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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