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GAME DAY: Return of the Rangers

After week-long layoff, NYR face the Oilers at MSG

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. OILERS, 1 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY

One layoff is behind them. Another looms close on the horizon. But in this moment, the Rangers don't care about any of that. It is enough that they get to play a hockey game again.

On Saturday afternoon the Rangers will swim ashore on the desert island in their October calendar, one game in a sea of off-days - the Rangers' first game in a full week, and their only one in a span of 11 strange days. But the game in the middle of all that turns out to be a matchup of two of the NHL's five remaining unbeaten teams, the 2-0-0 Rangers against the 4-0-0 Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Oilers 10.12.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TODAY'S GAME
The Rangers play their third game of the 2019-20 season today, Oct. 12, against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden (1:00
p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including today's game, the Blueshirts will play six of their next eight games, as
well as 10 of their next 14 games, at MSG.

RANGERS VS. OILERS

  • All-Time: 33-31-9-3 (15-17-6-1 at home; 18-14-3-2 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Today's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Oilers, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today's game, the Rangers and Oilers will face each other on the following date: Dec. 31 (at Edmonton).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 0-1-1 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road). Both contests in the season series were decided by one goal.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in six of their last seven games against the Oilers, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (5-1-1 record). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 13 of 18 games against the Oilers since the start of the 2005-06 season (10-5-3 record).
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GAME DAY: Georgie Jumps In as Rangers Hit the Road

Season's First Trip is Senators' Home Opener

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS at SENATORS, 7 p.m.
Canadian Tire Centre
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

The excitement of Thursday's season opener was still lingering in the air, and the topsy-turvy nature of the game still wearing on David Quinn, when the Rangers departed for Ottawa on their first road trip of the 2019-20 season. Now they'll look to go and spoil someone else's home opener.

The Blueshirts pay a visit to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night for road game No. 1, leaving their first home game ecstatic with what they see from their new arrivals, and confident they understand what needs tidying up in the wake of Thursday's 6-4 Garden victory over Winnipeg. The season opener came with no shortage of the excitement fans love, nor the unpredictability coaches loathe. And while Quinn wasn't about the deny that it was fun, he figures it's best that his team can move past it now.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers @ Senators 10.05.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their second game of the 2019-20 season tonight, Oct. 5, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tonight's contest is the Blueshirts' first road game of the season.

RANGERS VS. SENATORS

  • All-Time: 42-46-3-4 (19-26-0-2 at home; 23-20-3-2 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at Ottawa. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Senators will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 4 (at MSG), Nov. 22 (at Ottawa). 
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 1-2-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Lias Andersson led the Rangers - and tied for first among all skaters - with two goals in the season series. 
  • New York has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of its last 15 games against the Senators
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GAME DAY: New Rangers Ring In a New Year

Debuts Abound as Puck Drops on 2019-20

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. JETS
2019 Opening Night
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
After the Draft Lottery and Draft day itself, after the trades and the signings, Traverse City and Training Camp, after all the building throughout a summertime on Broadway, it was the Rangers' new 18-year-old prodigy who said it simplest, and best:

"It was a long summer," said Kaapo Kakko. "But it's time to play hockey."

All those added pieces, and all the Rangers' returning ones, have been exciting only on paper these past few months; on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, they're finally on the ice. The Blueshirts are back, ready to raise the curtain on their 2019-20 season at their home rink, Game 1 of 82 coming against a Winnipeg Jets team that witnessed its own share of sweeping changes during the summer.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Jets 10.03.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WINNIPEG JETS
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their first game of the 2019-20 season tonight, Oct. 3, against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers begin their 93rd NHL season tonight. The Blueshirts are starting the regular season at home for the fourth consecutive season and for the 28th time in franchise history. The Rangers will play seven of the first 10 games, and 11 of the first 16 games, of the 2019-20 season at MSG.

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Preview: Decisions, Decisions in Blueshirts' Preseason Finale

Roster Spots Up for Grabs vs. Isles

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS at ISLANDERS, 7 p.m.
Preseason Game 6
Webster Bank Arena - Bridgeport, Conn.
MSG Network

There is one more preseason game to get through before the season can get started, but David Quinn wants to make it perfectly clear that the game is no mere formality.

"Based on our situation and where guys are, there are some very difficult decisions we're going have to make. You've got to finish Training Camp," the Head Coach said. "Someone might do something that keeps them in; someone might do something that keeps them out. That's how tight it is in certain positions."

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Preview: Rangers' Youngsters Front & Center vs. Flyers

Final Garden Tune-Up for Blueshirts

by Michael Obernauer

Two days after the Rangers put together their presumptive regular-season top line for the first time, the No. 1 unit for Thursday's game gets a youth movement. Vitali Kravtsov and Filip Chytil will flank Mika Zibanejad when the Blueshirts host the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. It is Game No. 5 of the 2019 Preseason -- the last one at the Garden before the Rangers return for Opening Night in one week's time -- and an opportunity for Chytil, just turned 20 years old, to play a little top-line wing after beginning the preseason in the middle, and for Kravtsov, still 19, to skate on the left side of a righty-shot No. 1 center in Zibanejad, in Kravtsov's fourth game of his first NHL training camp. In his third, he opened the scoring against the Islanders on Tuesday at the Garden.

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Preview: Panarin Back In, Lemieux to Debut As Rangers Host Isles

Preseason Schedule Back on Broadway

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS, 7 p.m.
Preseason Game 4
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network

So how is Mika Zibanejad's Russian coming along?

"It's nonexistent," Zibanejad said, "but it's working out."

His translator? "It's Buchie," Zibanejad said with a wry smile. That would be Pavel Buchnevich, who sits to Zibanejad's right in the Rangers' practice rink dressing room, and who on Tuesday night will line up to his right for the first time in this preseason. When the Blueshirts hit the Madison Square Garden ice against the Islanders, the line that will start 2019-20 as the Rangers' No. 1 unit will get its first chance to try it out in a game.

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Preview: Panarin in Practice, Robertson in Rangers' Lineup vs. Flyers

Back-to-back Wraps Up in Philly

by Michael Obernauer

Just under half the Rangers remaining in Training Camp are heading down to Philly for Game No. 3 of the 2019 Preseason -- although perhaps the finest sight all day involved one of the players who stayed back home.

The Rangers took the ice in Westchester in two groups on Saturday morning, first the 20 skaters who are set face the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night, followed by the rest heading out for a practice session - after trimming their roster by four players on Saturday, the Rangers have 41 players in camp. There among the latter group was Artemi Panarin, in a regular blue practice jersey and showing no signs of holding back, just three days after the Rangers took the cautious route in cutting short his preseason debut in Wednesday's second period against the Devils.

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