New York Rangers Schedule released with the first game of season at MSG on October 11

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Jun 5, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is congratulated by center Mika Zibanejad (93) and center Filip Chytil (72) as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers announced their 2022-2023 NHL schedule on Wednesday afternoon.

The New York Rangers 2022-2023 schedule was announced on Wednesday afternoon. Their season opener will be on Oct. 11 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden in a 2022 Eastern Conference Final rematch. Puck drop for the opener is at 7:30 PM.

The Rangers will play five of their first seven games this season, as well as nine of their first 14 contests, at home. New York will play 10 games in October, 14 in November, 13 in December, 12 in January, 11 in February, 16 in March, and six in April. The Blueshirts close out the season with a home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, April 13.

         The Blueshirts will play 26 games against their seven Metropolitan Division opponents (Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington) this season; the Rangers play four games apiece against Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and Washington, and three games apiece against the Islanders (two at home, one on the road) and Flyers (two on the road, one at home). The Rangers will also play three games apiece against each of their eight Atlantic Division opponents (Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, and Toronto) and two games apiece (one at home and one on the road) against each of their 16 Western Conference opponents.

         Below are additional facts about the Rangers’ schedule:

  • New York is set to play in 16 sets of back-to-back games, beginning with their first two road games in Minnesota (Oct. 13) and Winnipeg (Oct. 14).
  • Twenty-six games will take place on either a Saturday or Sunday. Nine of those contests will be at home. 
  • Nineteen games will be played on Thursday, most of any day of the week.
  • The Rangers are set to play in seven games starting at 4:00 PM local time or earlier, including four at 1:00 PM local time.
  • The Rangers’ longest homestand of the year is a five-game stretch from March 14-21 (vs. WSH, PIT (2x), Nashville, Carolina).
  • New York will have three road trips that include four games (Nov. 17-23, Feb. 11-18, March 4-12), its longest trips of the season. (Via NYR PR)

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