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Rangers Open 2007-08 Season on Oct. 4 at MSG

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The Rangers will once again play four home games against each of their four Atlantic Division opponents. The 2007-08 season also features home games against Pacific Division teams -- Anaheim, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose.
Complete 2007-08 NHL schedule

The New York Rangers will open the 2007-08 season on Thursday, October 4, taking on the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. This marks the fourth time in the last 10 years that the Rangers have kicked off their season on home ice.

With a continued emphasis on division rivalries, the Rangers face Atlantic Division foes New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and the Islanders eight times each over the course of the season.

New York will face the other Eastern Conference opponents a total of four times a piece. 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.

The schedule features five Saturday contests at MSG and 10 Sunday games at home. The Rangers will play two back-to-back sets in New York, the first on Friday, October 12 vs. Washington and Saturday, October 13 vs. Ottawa, and the second on Saturday, February 16 vs. Buffalo and Sunday, February 17 vs. San Jose.

The team's longest homestand will be six games from Oct. 25-Nov. 5, and the busiest nights on the Rangers' home schedule are Thursday and Sunday, with 10 dates a piece. In addition, the Rangers will play five home games on Mondays, seven on Tuesdays, two on Wednesdays, and two on Fridays during the season.

"The coming season will be one of many challenges for the New York Rangers, as with any team in the NHL," said Rangers Head Coach Tom Renney. "But we feel we are very well equipped to deal with those challenges. It should be another exciting and even more fulfilling year as we continue in our attempt to make this season one of the team's very best."

The NHL also announced on Wednesday that the Rangers will visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Nov. 10, for the annual "Hall of Fame" game. Two nights later, the Hall will welcome five new members, including Rangers legend Mark Messier.

The Hall of Fame game comes during one of the two periods during which every team will play each of its divisional opponents at home and away. The first such period runs from Nov. 3-22, the other starts March 20 and runs through the conclusion of the season, Sunday, April 6.

Starting times for all home games will be 7 p.m., except for the following eight dates (which includes potential national selections for NBC*): Sun., Nov. 25 vs. Dallas (1:00 PM); Sun., Dec. 9 vs. New Jersey (5:00 PM); Sun., Dec. 16 vs. Phoenix (5:00 PM); Sun., Jan. 20 vs. Boston (TBD*); Sat., Feb. 16 vs. Buffalo (1:00 PM); Sun., Feb. 17 vs. San Jose (TBD*); Sun., Mar. 2 vs. Philadelphia (TBD*) and Sun., Mar. 9 vs. Boston (TBD*).

Individual game tickets for the 2007-08 season will go on sale in September. An exact date has yet to be determined.

*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.
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