Rangers' 2012-13 schedule announced
Cup champion Kings are first opponent; first home game Nov. 1 vs. Dallas
The New York Rangers will open the 2012-13 season on the road against the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings on Friday, October 12. This will mark the second consecutive season New York will open their regular season campaign against Los Angeles, having done so last season at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™. This will be the fifth consecutive season New York begins on the road.
Following a season-high, eight-game road trip to begin the season, the Rangers’ home opener at MSG will be on Thursday, November 1, against the Dallas Stars.
The Rangers will face each NHL team at least one time over the course of the season. New York will face Atlantic Division foes New Jersey, NY Islanders, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh six times each. The Blueshirts will face all other Eastern Conference opponents a total of four times apiece.
|Forward Derek Stepan and his Rangers teammates will play the season's first home game against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 1 at Madison Square Garden.|
The schedule also features 18 games against Western Conference opponents, with nine of those contests taking place at MSG. The Rangers will host each team from the Northwest Division – Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver – as well as Anaheim, Dallas and Los Angeles from the Pacific Division, and St. Louis from the Central Division. Meanwhile, the Blueshirts will travel to meet four teams from the Central and Pacific Divisions – Chicago, Columbus, Detroit and Nashville from the Central, and Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose from the Pacific – along with Colorado from the Northwest Division. New York will face three Western Conference teams twice – Colorado, Dallas and Los Angeles.
The Rangers will play three Saturday contests at MSG, and nine Sunday contests at home. In addition, the Blueshirts are scheduled to play 14 back-to-back sets, including one back-to-back home set on February 17 and 18 vs. Philadelphia and Buffalo.
The team will have three separate homestands of four games – November 1 vs. Dallas to November 8 vs. Minnesota, December 6 vs. Colorado to December 12 vs. Montreal, and February 14 vs. NY Islanders to February 20 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts' busiest month is March, featuring 15 games, and the busiest night on the Rangers' home schedule is Thursday, with 10 dates.
In addition, the Rangers will play five home games on Mondays, eight on Tuesdays, five on Wednesdays, and one on Fridays during the season.
Starting times for all games at MSG will be 7:00 PM, except for the following 10 dates: Wednesday, November 14 vs. Washington (7:30 PM); Saturday, November 24 vs. Philadelphia (1:00 PM); Saturday, December 8 vs. St. Louis (12:00 PM); Sunday, January 13 vs. Boston (7:30 PM); Sunday, February 17 vs. Philadelphia (TBD); Monday, February 18 vs. Buffalo (7:30 PM); Sunday, March 10 vs. Edmonton (3:00 PM); Sunday, March 24 vs. Washington (TBD); Wednesday, April 3 vs. Pittsburgh (7:30 PM); Wednesday, April 10 vs. Toronto (7:30 PM).
Please note that starting times for all games marked TBD will be confirmed 13 days prior to the date of the game.
Single-game tickets will be put on-sale to the public in September. No date has been set at this time. For 2012-13 season tickets visit newyorkrangers.com.