To help satiate our craving for anything hockey, the NHL released the 2010-2011 schedule today. The full Ranger slate is located here and, if you missed it, the preseason games were already released last week. Eleven home games will be on weekends - three are possible NBC games with TBD times, there are two 12:30 starts, one 1 pm start and one 5 pm start.
It is hard to circle some dates (when will Jed hit town?) as free agency doesn't hit for over a week but there are still some notables:
*The Blueshirts can exact some revenge for the final game of last season when they face the Flyers for the first time in Philly on November 4th.
*While we won't get to see much of the Central division (BOOOO), the Northwest teams will come through. That means that someone will hopefully remember to get revenge for last season's Curtis Glencross hit on Chris Drury when Calgary comes in on November 22nd.
*Mmmmmmmaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrtttttttttttyyyyyyyy vs Avery 2010-11 kicks off on October 24th - the seventh game of the season. It ends with the very last game of the season - which luckily will be on Garden ice - Saturday, April 9th.
*Captain Sloppy Seconds will be here with the Leafs at the home opener on Friday, October 15th. The Rangers also face Toronto in Toronto on October 21st and October 30th; January 19th is the second home game.
*The other Original Six matchups? The reigning Cup winning Blackhawks come to the garden on November 1st. We play all four games against Montreal after New Years (1/11, 1/15, 2/5 and 3/18). Boston is scattered across the schedule - October 23rd, November 17th, March 26th and April 4th. We head to Detroit February 7th.
*For season ticket holders, in case you need to sell some games for good money, Crosby comes to the Garden on November 29th, February 1st and 13th while Ovie hits town November 9th and December 12th.