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Rangers 2017-18 schedule highlights

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers celebrates after an open net goal in the third period against the Montreal Canadiens during game six of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in New York City. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Rangers will have a front-loaded home schedule and a busy road schedule in the latter part of the regular season again this year.

One notable shift, according to the schedule released Thursday, is that the Rangers will play only 11 back-to-back games, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. They played 16 last season.

Additional highlights:

The Rangers with play 10 of the first 13 games and 13 of the first 18 at home. But in the second half of the season, when college basketball and other events are booked at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers will play 23 road games starting Jan. 20.

There are six home games on Fridays and seven on Saturdays — the most total (13) in a single season in franchise history.

The Winter Classic against the Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field on Jan. 1 is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Rangers and Islanders will play four games, with the first two at the Garden on Oct. 19 and Jan. 13 and the other pair at Barclays Center on Feb. 15 and April 5.

Ten of the Rangers final 13 games of the season are against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Oct. 5 Colorado 7:00

Oct. 7 at Toronto 7:00

Oct. 8 Montreal 7:00

Oct. 10 St. Louis 7:00

Oct. 13 at Columbus 7:00

Oct. 14 New Jersey 7:00

Oct. 17 Pittsburgh 7:00

Oct. 19 Islanders 7:00

Oct. 21 Nashville 1:00

Oct. 23 San Jose7:00

Oct. 26 Arizona7:00

Oct. 28 at Montreal 7:00

Oct. 31 Vegas 7:00

Nov. 2 at Tampa Bay 7:30

Nov. 4 at Florida 7:00

Nov. 6 Columbus 7:00

Nov. 8 Boston 8:00

Nov. 11 Edmonton 1:00

Nov. 15 at Chicago 8:00

Nov. 17 at Columbus 7:00

Nov. 19 Ottawa 7:00

Nov. 22 at Carolina 7:00

Nov. 24 Detroit 7:00

Nov. 26 Vancouver 2:00

Nov. 28 Florida 7:00

Dec. 1 Carolina 7:00

Dec. 5 at Pittsburgh 7:00

Dec. 8 at Washington 7:00

Dec. 9 New Jersey 7:00

Dec. 11 Dallas 7:00

Dec. 13 at Ottawa 7:00

Dec. 15 Los Angeles 7:00

Dec. 16 at Boston 5:00

Dec. 19 Anaheim 7:00

Dec. 21 at New Jersey 7:00

Dec. 23 Toronto 7:00

Dec. 27 Washington 7:00

Dec. 29 at Detroit 7:30

Jan. 1 at Buffalo 1:00

Jan. 3 Chicago 8:00

Jan. 6 at Arizona 8:00

Jan. 7 at Vegas9:30

Jan. 13 Islanders 1:00

Jan. 14 at Pittsburgh 12:30

Jan. 16 Philadelphia 7:00

Jan. 18 Buffalo 7:00

Jan. 20 at Colorado 3:00

Jan. 21 at Los Angeles 10:30

Jan. 23 at Anaheim 10:00

Jan. 25 at San Jose 10:30

Feb. 1 Toronto 7:00

Feb. 3 at Nashville 8:00

Feb. 5 at Dallas 8:30

Feb. 7 Boston 8:00

Feb. 9 Calgary 7:00

Feb. 11 at Winnipeg 3:00

Feb. 13 at Minnesota 8:00

Feb. 15 at Islanders 7:00

Feb. 17 at Ottawa 2:00

Feb. 18 Philadelphia 1:00

Feb. 22 at Montreal 7:30

Feb. 23 Minnesota 7:00

Feb. 25 Detroit 7:00

Feb. 28 at Vancouver 10:00

March 2 at Calgary 9:00

March 3 at Edmonton 10:30

March 6 Winnipeg 7:00

March 8 at Tampa Bay 7:30

March 10 at Florida 7:00

March 12 Carolina 7:00

March 14 Pittsburgh 8:00

March 17 at St. Louis 8:00

March 20 Columbus 7:00

March 22 at Philadelphia 7:00

March 24 Buffalo 7:00

March 26 Washington 7:00

March 28 at Washington 8:00

March 30 Tampa Bay 7:00

March 31 at Carolina 7:00

April 3 at New Jersey 7:00

April 5 at Islanders 7:00

April 7 at Philadelphia 3:00

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