2014 Rangers schedule released, will play in “Metropolitan” DivisionJuly 19, 2013, by
The 2014 NHL schedule has been released, and the Rangers will be playing in the newly formed Metropolitan Division with the Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Islanders, Capitals, Hurricanes, and Blue Jackets.
As for the schedule, the Rangers will open on October 3 in Phoenix. That game will be the first of nine games in a row on the road, as MSG plans to re-open its doors after the third and final summer renovation. The first home game will be on October 28 against Montreal.
Due to the Olympics, the schedule is a bit condensed. The Rangers will play eight back-to-backs and six three-in-fours, with a few tough stretches there. Their first three-in-four is at LA, San Jose, and Anaheim, and their first six games are against teams that went to the playoffs last season. They also have a four-game west coast swing in late March-early April, play ten of thirteen games on the road from mid-March through early April, and have a five-game road trip in November. However, the Rangers do play ten of thirteen (including seven of eight) at home in January-February, and nine in a row at home in December.