NHL, NY Rangers release full 2015-16 regular season schedule

NHL, NY Rangers release full 2015-16 regular season schedule

Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

This is the opening night matchup, but the Rangers will be wearing their road whites and the Blackhawks will be in their home reds to kick off the 2015-16 NHL regular season in Chicago.

The Rangers will have to open the franchise’s 89th NHL season by watching and wincing as their opening night opponent, the Chicago Blackhawks, raise their Stanley Cup banner to the rafters at the United Center on Oct. 7.

After that final painful reminder of their Game 7 Eastern Conference finals home shutout loss to the runner-up Tampa Bay Lightning, the Blueshirts will proceed once again on their quest to win an elusive championship of their own.

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Their schedule does not feature a homestand or a road trip longer than three games in 2015-16, but it is once again heavy in travel in the spring. That includes a stretch of 14-of-22 on the road from Feb. 18 through April 4, before the Blueshirts wrap up their regular season with a difficult three-game home stand against the Lightning, the rival Islanders, and the Detroit Red Wings on the final day of the NHL regular season, April 9.

The Rangers will play their home opener at Madison Square Garden on Sat., Oct. 10 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but local fans will have to wait until Dec. 2 for the Rangers’ first game at the Islanders’ new Brooklyn home, Barclays Center, in an 8 p.m. face-off.

The Rangers will play 30 of their 82 games against Metropolitan Division opponents: five apiece against the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals, and four apiece against the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blueshirts will play three games against each Atlantic Division opponent and two against each Western Conference team.

The Rangers will have five separate three-game homestands and five separate three-game road trips, but the 2015-16 season will be the first season in which the Rangers have neither a homestand nor a road trip longer than three games in length since the NHL adopted an 82-game schedule in 1995-96 and the first season overall since 1941-42.

They will have 17 back-to-back sets.

The Rangers will play their season opener on the road for the 65th time in franchise history and for the eighth consecutive season. They will open their regular season schedule with a contest on the road against Chicago for the 12th time in franchise history and for the first time since 1990-91.

The Rangers’ 12 regular season openers on the road against Chicago are tied for the most they have played against one opponent in franchise history (with Detroit).

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After playing their first two games of the season on the road, the Rangers will play 11 of the following 16 games – including eight of the following 10 – at the Garden.

The Rangers’ busiest months are November, February, and March – 14 games in each of those months. The Blueshirts will play more home games in November (eight) and more road games in March (nine) than in any other month during the season.

The Rangers will play more home games on a Sunday (10 games) than on any other day of the week during the season. New York will also play eight home games on a Monday, eight home games on a Tuesday, three home games on a Wednesday, five home games on a Thursday, two home games on a Friday, and five home games on a Saturday throughout the course of the season.

With 2016 being a leap year, the Rangers will host Columbus on Mon., Feb. 29, marking the first time the Blueshirts will play a home game on Feb. 29 since Brian Leetch made his NHL debut in 1988 against St. Louis.

Starting times for all contests at the Garden will be 7 p.m. except for the following 10 games: Sun., Oct. 18 vs. New Jersey (1:00 p.m.); Sat., Nov. 28 vs. Philadelphia (1:00 p.m.); Sat., Jan. 9 vs. Washington (1:00 p.m.); Sun., Feb. 14 vs. Philadelphia (7:30 p.m.); Wed., Feb. 17 vs. Chicago (8:00 p.m.); Sun., Mar. 6 vs. NY Islanders (5:00 p.m.); Sun., Mar. 13 vs. Pittsburgh (12:30 p.m.); Wed., Mar. 23 vs. Boston (8:00 p.m.); Sun., Mar. 27 vs. Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m.); Sat., Apr. 9 vs. Detroit (12:30 p.m.).

Single-game tickets will be put on sale to the public in September. No date has been set at this time. For 2015-16 season tickets and group sales, visit newyorkrangers.com.

RANGERS 2015-16 regular season schedule

Wed. Oct. 7, 2015 at CHI 8:00 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 9, 2015 at CBJ 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 10, 2015 vs. CBJ 7:00 p.m.

Tue. Oct. 13, 2015 vs. WPG 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Oct. 15, 2015 at MTL 7:30 p.m.

Sun. Oct. 18, 2015 vs. NJD 1:00 p.m.

Mon. Oct. 19, 2015 vs. SJS 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Oct. 22, 2015 vs. ARI 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 24, 2015 at PHI 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Oct. 25, 2015 CGY 7:00 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 30, 2015 vs. TOR 7:00 p.m.

Tue. Nov. 3, 2015 vs. WSH 7:00 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 6, 2015 at COL 9:00 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 7, 2015 at ARI 9:00 p.m.

Tue. Nov. 10, 2015 vs. CAR 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Nov. 12, 2015 vs. STL 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 14, 2015 at OTT 1:00 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 15, 2015 vs. TOR 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Nov. 19, 2015 at TBL 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 21, 2015 at FLA 7:00 p.m.

Mon. Nov. 23, 2015 vs. NSH 7:00 p.m.

Wed. Nov. 25, 2015 vs. MTL 7:00 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 27, 2015 at BOS 1:00 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 28, 2015 vs. PHI 1:00 p.m.

Mon. Nov. 30, 2015 vs. CAR 7:00 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 2, 2015 at NYI 8:00 p.m.

Thu. Dec. 3, 2015 vs. COL 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 6, 2015 vs. OTT 7:00 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 9, 2015 at VAN 10:00 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 11, 2015 at EDM 9:00 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 12, 2015 at CGY 10:00 p.m.

Tue. Dec. 15, 2015 vs. EDM 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Dec. 17, 2015 at MIN 8:00 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 18, 2015 at WPG 8:00 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 20, 2015 vs. WSH 7:00 p.m.

Tue. Dec. 22, 2015 vs. ANA 7:00 p.m.

Mon. Dec. 28, 2015 at NSH 8:00 p.m.

Wed. Dec. 30, 2015 at TBL 8:00 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 2, 2016 at FLA 7:00 p.m.

Tue. Jan. 5, 2016 vs. DAL 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 9, 2016 vs. WSH 1:00 p.m.

Mon. Jan. 11, 2016 vs. BOS 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Jan. 14, 2016 at NYI 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 16, 2016 at PHI 1:00 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 17, 2016 at WSH 5:00 p.m.

Tue. Jan. 19, 2016 vs. VAN 7:00 p.m.

Fri. Jan. 22, 2016 at CAR 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 24, 2016 at OTT 3:00 p.m.

Mon. Jan. 25, 2016 vs. BUF 7:00 p.m.

Tue. Feb. 2, 2016 at NJD 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 4, 2016 vs. MIN 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 6, 2016 at PHI 1:00 p.m.

Mon. Feb. 8, 2016 vs. NJD 7:00 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 10, 2016 at PIT 8:00 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 12, 2016 vs. LAK 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 14, 2016 vs. PHI 7:30 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 17, 2016 vs. CHI 8:00 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 18, 2016 at TOR 7:30 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 21, 2016 vs. DET 7:00 p.m.

Tue. Feb. 23, 2016 at NJD 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Feb. 25, 2016 at STL 8:00 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 27, 2016 at DAL 4:00 p.m.

Mon. Feb. 29, 2016 vs. CBJ 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Mar. 3, 2016 at PIT 7:00 p.m.

Fri. Mar. 4, 2016 at WSH 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 6, 2016 vs. NYI 5:00 p.m.

Tue. Mar. 8, 2016 at BUF 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Mar. 12, 2016 at DET 2:00 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 13, 2016 vs. PIT 12:30 p.m.

Wed. Mar. 16, 2016 at ANA 10:30 p.m.

Thu. Mar. 17, 2016 at LAK 10:30 p.m.

Sat. Mar. 19, 2016 at SJS 4:00 p.m.

Mon. Mar. 21, 2016 vs. FLA 7:00 p.m.

Wed. Mar. 23, 2016 vs. BOS 8:00 p.m.

Sat. Mar. 26, 2016 at MTL 7:00 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 27, 2016 vs. PIT 7:30 p.m.

Thu. Mar. 31, 2016 at CAR 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Apr. 2, 2016 vs. BUF 7:00 p.m.

Mon. Apr. 4, 2016 at CBJ 7:00 p.m.

Tue. Apr. 5, 2016 vs. TBL 7:00 p.m.

Thu. Apr. 7, 2016 vs. NYI 7:00 p.m.

Sat. Apr. 9, 2016 vs. DET 12:30 p.m.

Source : http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/nhl-ny-rangers-release-full-2015-16-regular-season-schedule-blog-entry-1.2270728

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