RANGERS vs. CANUCKS, 1 p.m.
Junior Rangers Kids Day
Presented by Party City
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM
It has been reinforced to the Rangers as they have traversed this strange schedule over the first half of October: There's no substitute for playing regular games at a normal NHL rhythm.
This much will be reinforced over the last half of October: There's no place like home.
With the schedule finally keeping the Blueshirts busy, now it's time for them to stay home awhile: Five games over the next 10 days at Madison Square Garden - call it six, unofficially, because the Rangers Alumni are in on the action with an afternoon game against the Bruins' alums one week from Sunday. Following the Alumni Classic, the Rangers will face Boston in their 2,000th home game at the current Madison Square Garden.
This is the Rangers' longest homestand of the 2019-20 season, a chance for some traction and some home cooking with games against Arizona, Buffalo, Boston and Tampa Bay.