We know almost certainly that the Flyers will host the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, the home of baseball's Phillies, on Monday, January 2, 2012. There are reports that the game will be played at night, as apparently the NHL enjoyed the effect the evening game (albeit unplanned) had on television in Pittsburgh last season.
Madison Square Garden is undergoing renovations, and as a result, the Rangers are going to have a lengthy trip ahead of them to start the regular season. They are one of four teams heading to Europe to kick off the season, and they'll play the Los Angeles Kings to start their season on October 7 at Stockholm's Globe Arena.
After a second game in Stockholm against the Anaheim Ducks on the 8th, the Rangers return to North America for a series of games in Western Canada. Talk about travel. Their first game back at MSG? October 27 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yikes.
Interesting schedule, we get our road west coast road trip out of the way early and have a 7 game homestand in March. Isn't it odd how we only play Winnipeg twice, both times away? They're still technically in the Southeast for this season, and other SE teams we play 4 times.