A generally happy day is the day the NHL schedule is released. Fans scramble to see when their team opens, and where. What teams come to their home arena? The first long road trip. Whether they can plan any cool road trips themselves?
Essentially planning all their free time from October through April.
And we wouldn't have it any other way.
My immediate reaction to the Rangers schedule - besides giddy excitement - was a little middle of the road.
I've taken a few of each to share here.
*Rangers home opener is a Saturday night versus a Canadian team. How sweet is that?
*The Rangers open their season on the road, in Pittsburgh, celebrating the banner raising of that team I'd rather have forgotten won the Cup. Yiiipeee, she said sarcastically.
Rangers end the season with another home and home matchup with the Philly Flyers.
Rangers don't even play that hated division rival until December 19th! Boo to that!
Petr Prucha and the Coyotes make a stop-off in the Garden on October 26th. Rangers fans better cheer this guy - although I have a feeling that they will. Rangers return the favor and go to Phoenix January 30th.
Doesn't look like a great schedule for weekend road trips. Last year I got a lot of games in; this year I am not so sure.
Overall, I think much of my initial disatisfaction with the schedule can be based upon the fact that it's an Olympic year and things are not going to be ideal. They had to squeeze a lot of hockey in. Regardless, I am so excited. The only problem with the schedule coming out in mid-July is that...well...I wish the season started tomorrow!!
Meanwhile, the first hockey game I'm looking forward to seeing:
*Canadiens/Maple Leafs on October 1st. Komisarek versus his former team. Going to need popcorn for that one!
**Note: It was the plan to be tidying up the site this summer. Slow moving, I know. That laziness thing again. I've added a few blogs I follow to my list. Yes I do follow more than that, and no, I don't read every post of every blogger, even those I follow. Not enough time, I'm afraid. Anyway, trying to find a way to make it look tidier. We'll see how it goes.**