Rangers 2011-12 Schedule Released

The NHL released the 2011-12 regular season today, and there are plenty of great games coming our way this season for New York Rangers fans.

The team opens up Friday Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Kings (now with Mike Richards after being traded by the Philadelphia Flyers). They come back the following afternoon for a matchup against the Anaheim Ducks.

They return stateside Oct. 15 for a matchup against the New York Islanders at the Coliseum before heading out to western Canada. They will play their first game in Winnipeg since 1996 against the yet-to-be-named-former-Atlanta-Thrashers at the MTS Centre.

The Blueshirts open up their home season Oct. 27 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They close out November with three games against the Capitals, Flyers and Penguins. Strangely, they don’t play the New Jersey Devils until Christmas time, Dec. 20.

As confirmed yesterday, the Rangers will be in the Winter Classic this season against the Flyers on Jan. 2, though the start-time has been pushed up to 1 p.m. rather than 8 p.m.

The Rangers have a brutal final five games of the season, with matchups against the Canadiens, Bruins, Flyers, Penguins and Capitals. Really doesn’t get much harder than that.

Of course, I’m personally really looking forward to the Winnipeg games. Glad the Rangers play them four times this season, including two in Manitoba. I’ve never been a fan of the Premiere games played in Europe. They just don’t feel like regular season games.

The Winter Classic will of course be fun as well, but part of me does wish the game was still at 8 p.m. Would have been quite a spectacle under the lights.

You can view the complete schedule here

What games are you looking forward to? Tell me in the comments.

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