The New York Rangers will open the 2014-15 season on the road against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Oct. 9. The Blueshirts will play their season opener on the road for the seventh consecutive year. Following two road contests, the Rangers will return to New York to play their home opener at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Oct. 12 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. New York will play its home opener against an Original Six opponent for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and will open its home schedule against Toronto for the third time during that span.
The Rangers will play a total of 30 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. The Blueshirts will face the Islanders and Carolina five times apiece, and will play four games apiece against Columbus, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington. New York will play three games against each Atlantic Division opponent, and will face off against each Western Conference team twice during the season.
The schedule features 14 back-to-back sets, including home-and-home matchups against division rivals Philadelphia (Nov. 28 at Philadelphia, Nov. 29 at MSG) and Carolina (Dec. 20 at Carolina, Dec. 21 at MSG). Fourteen of the Rangers' first 21 games will be at MSG, and the Blueshirts will have two separate four-game homestands during the stretch - from Oct. 12 vs. Toronto to Oct. 19 vs. San Jose, and from Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota to Nov. 5 vs. Detroit. New York's longest road trip is a five-game stretch from Mar. 5 at Detroit to Mar. 14 at Buffalo. The Rangers' busiest months of the season are November and March, as the team will play 15 games apiece. Ten of the Blueshirts' 15 contests in November are at home. The Rangers will play more home games on Sundays (10 games) than any other day of the week during the season. New York will also play eight games on Mondays, seven on Tuesdays, four on Wednesdays, five on Thursdays, one on Fridays, and six on Saturdays during the season.
Starting times for all contests at MSG will be 7:00 P.M., except for the following dates: Sun., Oct. 19 vs. San Jose (5:00 P.M.); Wed., Nov. 5 vs. Detroit (8:00 P.M.); Sun., Nov. 9 vs. Edmonton (6:00 P.M.); Wed., Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia (8:00 P.M.); Wed., Feb. 4 vs. Boston (8:00 P.M.); Sun., Feb. 8 vs. Dallas (5:00 P.M.); Sun. Mar. 15 vs. Florida (5:00 P.M.); Wed., Mar. 18 vs. Chicago (8:00 P.M.); Sun. Mar. 22 vs. Anaheim (7:30 P.M.); and Sun. Mar 29 vs. Washington (3:00 P.M.).
Single-game tickets will be put on-sale to the public in September. No date has been set at this time.