In at article at Newsday, Steve Zipay wrote about how each game during the NHL’s 48 game season will mean so much and how this season isn’t a marathon but a sprint.
Brian Boyle told Zipay that each loss will mean double and any sort of losing streak could really put a team in a bad spot. Boyle added “it’s going o be 30 teams going nuts.”
John Tortorella said, in the Daily News, that the Rangers will need to use their experience of dealing with adversity to help get through the changes of a shortened season, “On the players’ side, no matter how many games you play, the mental toughness of it is always very important if you’re going to succeed. That’s a big reason we had success last year; we overcame a lot of different things. This is another one that’s ahead of us. We’ve had experience with it and I think we will handle it just fine.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com writes that with all of the three point games, games that go into overtime where both teams get a point, winning in regulation is going to come at a much higher premium during the shortened season.
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10:29AM: Dave Molinari tweets that one version of the schedule has the Penguins playing at MSG on January 20th.
8:49PM: Unconfirmed reports have the Rangers home opener being on January 20th against Pittsburgh.
7:34PM: According to Boston.com, the Rangers will open up the regular season on January 19th in Boston at the TD Garden.
The game is likely to be played at 7PM
According to John Boruk of CSN Philly, the Flyers are one of the two Atlantic Division teams that the Rangers will play five times this season.
The Rangers will play one other Atlantic team five times and then play the other two teams four times.
Boruk says that the Flyers will also face the Penguins five times.
It is expected that the other team the Rangers will play five times is the Islanders.
11:50AM: John Shannon of Sportsnet tweets that:
- the regular season will end on April 27th.
- the playoffs start on May 1 and could go as long as June 28.
Puck Daddy says that the draft will be June 29th and 30th in New Jersey.
9:51AM: According to a tweet from Steve Ladurantaye of the Globe and Mail, the NHL regular season will end on May 2nd and the last day for the Stanley Cup Finals would be on June 25th.
The trade deadline is expected to be
on or around April 5. 10:30AM: John Shannon tweets that the trade deadline is likely to be on April 3rd.
The NHL Draft is scheduled to take place on
June 28th in New Jersey. Tom Gulitti tweets that the draft will be pushed back.
Last year the regular season ended on April 7th and the playoffs began on April 11th.
The playoffs were slotted for a potential 63 days last year with an end on June 13th. They ended up lasting for 61 days.
According to a tweet from Bob McKenzie, the 48 game schedule that the NHL will reveal later this week will be based on this structure:
- 4 games against TWO divisional opponents
- 5 games against TWO divisional opponents
- 3 games against the TEN other conference teams.
Adam Rotter: The most interesting thing about this schedule structure, to me, is how it is determined which divisional teams you play four times and which teams you play five times. While they always play the Rangers hard, having one extra game against the Islanders instead of the Flyers or Penguins could be a big deal in what should be a very close Atlantic Division race. How they decide who gets the extra home game in each sequence is also interesting and could probably have a big impact in the Western Conference where travel is a much bigger deal.
According to Elliotte Friedman, the NHL sent a memo to all the teams saying that training camp can not begin until at least next Saturday and maybe not until Monday.
Friedman adds that the season will be 48 games and will start on January 19th.
Bruce Garrioch says that the NHL is going to try and keep the schedule as close to the one that exists as much as they can.
On January 15th, the day that a 50 game schedule would start, the Rangers are already scheduled to play the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum.
If the NHL plays a 48 game schedule than the season will open on January 19th.
Madison Square Garden is available on January 19th. April 19th to May 14 is also open for rescheduled home games/playoff games/Knicks playoff games.
The league is expected to release more details on the schedule today/tomorrow.