The MOU is signed, the schedule is released, and now it’s time to play some hockey. Training camps opened today, and the regular season will open on Saturday with all 30 NHL teams in action. The Rangers will open the season in Boston, and then come back to The Garden for their home opener against Pittsburgh the following day.
The first thing that will jump out at you when looking at the schedule is that the Rangers is their opening bunch of games. The Rangers open the season at Boston, then home against Pittsburgh and Boston, then at Philly, then home for Toronto, Philly, and Pittsburgh. That is one tough stretch of seven games, and that Toronto game reeks of a trap game. They also close the season with eight out of eleven games on the road.
The Rangers will play six back-to-backs and six three-in-fours. Aside from those stretches, the Rangers generally play every other day, with few two-day breaks between games. You can expect Martin Biron to get a bunch of playing time in those stretches.
It’s a tough schedule, but all 30 NHL teams are in the same boat. There will be a game on national television almost everyday this year.