Found June 21, 2012 on Blue Seat Blogs:

The 2012-2013 schedule was officially release this morning, although it may prove to be meaningless if there’s a work stoppage. It’s also possible that the schedule will need to be re-created from scratch if realignment is part of the new CBA, however the league may choose to wait another year before instituting radical changes.

Nevertheless, here’s a breakdown of the schedule as it currently stands:

  • For the second consecutive season, the Rangers will open the season on the road against the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. The opener is currently scheduled for Friday, October 12th at 10:30 p.m.
  • The Blueshirts will again kickoff the year with a lengthy eight-game road trip as Madison Square Garden continues to undergo renovations. New York will visit Los Angeles, San Jose, New Jersey, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Ottawa to start the season.
  • The home opener is slated for Thursday, November 1st against the Dallas Stars.
  • To compensate for the early-season road trip, the Rangers will have several multi-game homestands. Immediately following the eight-game trip New York will play four straight home dates against Dallas, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Minnesota between November 1st and November 8th. They’ll play another four in a row between December 6th and December 12th against Colorado, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Montreal, before taking a quick trip up to Ottawa and returning home for three more matches against Anaheim, Florida and New Jersey. Three-game homestands are also scheduled for January 22nd through the 31st and March 21st through the 26th. There’s a final four-game homestand between February 14th and the 20th.
  • New York is scheduled to play in the second annual “Thanksgiving Showdown” on the road against Boston on Black Friday, November 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Blueshirts are scheduled to play 14 sets of back-to-back games, the same number as last year. The Rangers have enjoyed tremendous success in those situations over the past couple of seasons, going 22-14-8 in the second half of back-to-backs.
  • New York has two full weeks off, between December 22nd and the 29th and between January 22nd and the 29th.
  • Looking for tough stretches? Well, it doesn’t get much more difficult than the season-opening road trip that begins with visits to the Kings, Sharks and Devils, but a late November stretch @Boston, vs. Philadelphia, vs. Vancouver and @Nashville won’t be a cakewalk either.
  • The Blueshirts will close the season with a Saturday matinee at 3:00 p.m. away against the hated Philadelphia Flyers. They’ll play two sets of back-to-backs – on the road against Columbus and Toronto and then home against the Maple Leafs and on the road against Buffalo before the date with Claude Giroux’s club. The April slate – vs. Winnipeg, vs. Pittsburgh, @Columbus, @Toronto, vs. Toronto, @Buffalo and @Philadelphia looks much more manageable than last year’s, should the playoff race come down to the wire.

The month-by-month breakdown:

October: 8 games (all away)

November: 14 games (8 home, 6 away)

December: 12 games (8 home, 4 away)

January: 13 games (6 home, 7 away)

February: 13 games (9 home, 4 away)

March: 15 games (7 home, 8 away)

April: 7 games (3 home, 4 away)

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