Rangers on the road; would It matter?

April 1, 2012, by

Do the media and Box office have too much influence over the NHL?

Led by Rick Carpiniello at his Rangers Report blog, rumours are beginning to circulate that the Rangers are considering (somewhat) giving up home ice advantage due to contractual commitments (concerts) at the Garden, the condensed NBA season schedule and of course, NBC’s television scheduling demands.

If true, this will create quite a stir amongst Rangers fans and crank up the negative feelings towards NBC whose prime concern is being able to show both the Rangers series and the Pens – Flyers (surely a big ratings draw). The initial rumour/suggestion can be read in Carpiniello’s blog and would see the Rangers still retain game 7 at home if needed.

Rangers fans shouldn’t necessarily see it all as a negative however. Change can be a good thing, even if it is temporary change. At the end of the day, we’re still discussing the second best road team in the NHL starting on the road. This isn’t exactly the 11 win Columbus Blue Jackets giving up home ice to Vancouver.

If the Rangers did end up starting on the road for two, before apparently three straight at home, and they could just split that pair it could even be advantageous given the team’s strength at home this season. What this all does suggest however is the league’s desperation to get in bed with NBC and hints at their attempts, regardless of the means, of increasing exposure to the league. Sometimes that’s a good thing sometimes that’s a bad thing.

…..Or is it just an April Fool’s joke?……


  1. Bobby Tux says:

    Comcast and NBC and the flyers are the same company.

    Complete 4-1 leg pull here.

  2. prole30 says:

    April Fool’s indeed.It may stretch out the series, but they have to work in the home games. Or if MSG is such a bush league organization and we’re back in 1950 Maple Leaf Gardens is always available at this time of year for Ranger “home” games.

  3. Walt says:

    Why play the entire season for home ice advantage, just to give it away, you have got to be sh*ting me!

    You start at home, get the 2 victories, put pressure on the other team to win their 2, just to stay in the series. Then they have to come here and be forced to win 2 out of 3, to win the series, no way do you give up this senerio.

    This has got to be an April fools joke, or based on the Ranger ownership, Dolan is a fool, and just may go along with this half-baked idea. The only winner out of this is Ed Snider, the Flyers owner, who also is involved with Comcast, and NBC as stated above. Let’s hope that there is enough hard feelings between these two clowns, that Dolan doesn’t go along with it!!!!!

  4. Leatherneckinlv says:

    It has to be an April fool’s joke

  5. orangemike says:

    Take it easy, everyone. This has to be an April Fool’s joke. Dolan would never go along with it. All of us common 99%-ers might not believe it, but you don’t accumulate a billion dollars by being stupid or lucky, and Dolan is neither. What NBC will do is start the 4-5 series on Wednesday, and Rangers-whoever on Thursday. Nobody cares about Bruins-Ottawa; by mid-April everyone in Boston spends 24 hours a day screaming about the Red Sox pitching rotation anyway. If the Bruins win the first series and get deep into the second, they’l start paying attention again.

    Florida-Devils? Please; don’t make me laugh. So there’s your solution. Western Conference games will start at 10:30 anyway so that’s not an issue. Have a good day, everyone.


  6. Dave says:

    April Fools….

  7. Rickyrants13 says:

    Bettman and the NHL have become a joke allready So why not screw it up more.

  8. Mikeyyy says:

    We play better on the road anyway.