The Rangers announced their pre-season schedule this morning, featuring what seems like far more travel than usual. Among the highlights: a home-and-home with Ottawa beginning Sept. 20, another trip to Tampa Bay on Sept. 23, and of course, the two exhibition games in Bern Switzerland against European clubs SC Bern on Tuesday, September 30 and Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Wednesday, October 1.
Altogether, there are three games at the Garden, and eight games in 12 days. For at least the games in North America, count on Tom Renney using two different units.
And for the record, don’t count on Wade Redden making that first trip to Ottawa. The Rangers avoided a similar scenario when they didn’t have Brendan Shanahan travel to Detroit last year to play the Wings.
More details below:
The Rangers will kick off the 2008 pre-season with a home-and-home set against the Ottawa Senators, travelling to Ottawa on Saturday, September 20, before returning to Madison Square Garden on Monday, September 22. New York will then head to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning on Tuesday, September 23, in the first of back-to-back road games. The Blueshirts will travel to New Jersey to face their Atlantic Division rivals, the Devils, in the second game of the back-to-back road set on Wednesday, September 24. On Thursday, September 25, the Rangers return to The Garden to host the Lightning, their fourth game in four nights. New York will conclude the home portion of their exhibition campaign versus New Jersey on Saturday, September 27, in an afternoon matchup (2:00 p.m.) before travelling to Bern, Switzerland. The Rangers will wrap up their pre-season schedule with a back-to-back set against European clubs SC Bern on Tuesday, September 30 and Metallurg Magnitogorsk on Wednesday, October 1.