*UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: So much for the hunch. Nothing about a Leetch Night in the release about the schedule, although it’s likely one is still in the works.*
*UPDATE, 3:10 p.m.: Actually, more like a hunch. I’m guessing the Rangers haven’t released anything about their new schedule because they’re also going to announce a retirement night for Brian Leetch. What do I get if I’m right?*
Hot off the press — although there really is no such thing in cyberspace — I give you “the Rangers schedule for 2007-08″:http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=TeamSchedule&team=NYR&season=20072008.
Among the highlights:
As already reported, the team will open at home again for the second consecutive year, this time against Florida on Oct. 4. Following the lead of Brendan Shanahan, both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury are expected to score two goals apiece.
The first game against Michael Nylander and the Caps is Oct. 12 at home.
The Rangers, and Gomez specifically, play their first game in the Devils’ new home at the Prudential Center in Newark on Nov. 14.
Their games against Western Conference opponents will be on the road against the Northwest Division and at home against the Pacific Division. More on this below…
The Rangers will face the Maple Leafs in the Hall of Fame Game Nov. 10 in Toronto two days before Mark Messier’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
In a complete reversal from last year, when they played all four Buffalo games in the first part of the season, they don’t play the Sabres until Jan. 16.
God love the schedule makers: their last three games are at the Islanders, home against the Islanders, and at the Devils.
On a personal note, the Rangers begin the New Year in Western Canada, playing the Flames Jan. 2, the Canucks Jan. 3, and the Oilers Jan. 5. I probably wouldn’t have made this trip anyway, but now it works out perfectly. God willing, our second child should be arriving right around face-off time in Vancouver.
And no, I’m not naming him or her after Roberto Luongo if the Rangers lose….