I think for a compressed schedule this is very good for the rangers. A lot of the games are on sat tues and thurs only 3 weds the entire season. Should make for a consistent roll of games allowing the team to get into a routine.
Everyone will have to deal with playing a ton of games but out of the gate the rangers have little travel, over 2/3 rds of their home games in the first half. It should allow them better recovery time (and even a little more practice time) then most teams if managed correctly.
Anyway you cut it there's no easy game or stretch but IMO this sked could be a lot worse and probably is for other teams, even in the eastern conf.
After a final home and home against the pens the final 11 games of the season are against 'manageable' teams
Brutal opening start. If we do well though, it will put us in great position over the long haul. But lose too many and we can be out of it pretty quick. Every game essentially counts as 2 normal games, so a 3 game losing streak is pretty brutal.
Regardless of who they draw from the Atlantic this schedule could favor the Rangers, big time. Obviously the Western Conference is the far superior conference in terms of depth with the Kings, Canucks, Blues, Predators, Red Wings and even the Coyotes with the addition of the revamped Wild. After the Flyers and Penguins, I don't see a team in the same field as the Rangers. Shouldn't have a problem against the weak Southeast and Rangers had the Northeast's number. Would prefer to face Devs and Isles 5x as opposed to the Pens or Flyers, but that would be nit-picking.
You do realize that the Coyotes lost in the Conference Finals last year?
Wow, I dislike how the Rangers have hardly any weekend games, and none on Saturday nights.
Not sure if serious. They play the following games on a Saturday:
Jan 19th, Jan 26th, Feb 2nd, Feb 23rd, Mar 16th, Mar 30th, April 6th, 13th, and 21st.
9 out of 48 on Saturday. Over 20% of their schedule is on a Saturday. If you meant home, then yes, only 3 (2, but the Islanders are a home game) would be that way. Have to figure those were going to be that way anyway for the other schedule, so they kept it the same. The Garden is most likely being used on Saturdays the most.