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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Looking for the best source you need to find the season schedule and broadcasting information?

You have come to the right place! Welcome to the Hockey Forum's official resource for the New York Rangers' 2008-2009 season schedule.

I have to put together for the Hockey Forum community a news resource thread for the New York Rangers' regular season game schedule and upcoming broadcasting information. Such information isn't just for here, but also for individual team boards. The posts are organized to show both schedule types and are easy to find what you're looking for.

The first post in this thread will contain news hyperlinks for the game schedules themselves. The second post is reserved for the broadcasting information.

I would like to invite everyone's participation in helping me track down any news items you find in the posts that follow! You see something that you think I should add to either the game schedule news link list or those for the broadcasting schedules, please by all means post them and I'll then add them.

My goal is to encourage participation in this thread where once the schedules are released, let's hear what you think are the most anticipated games you think should be circled on the 2008-2009 hockey calendar! Also, what do you like about the new schedules? What do you not like about them? Many other fans would like to know what your answers would be.

The National Hockey League unveiled the 2008-2009 regular season schedule on July 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. For more on the entire league schedule, please go to this thread for further details.

Here are the most resourceful news items available online.

National Hockey League official site
(July 17):
*European opening, Canadiens centennial highlight 2008-2009 season
Matchups not to be missed
2008-2009 NHL schedule page

(July 18):
Inside the 2008-2009 schedule

(August 11):
NHL announces 2008-2009 pre-season schedule

New York Rangers official news releases
(July 17):
Rangers' 2008-2009 schedule released

(July 29):
Rangers announce 2008 preseason schedule

The Sports Network's (TSN) NHL page
(July 17):
Season to open in Europe as NHL releases 2008-2009 schedule
2008-2009 NHL schedule
2008-2009 Canadian calendar

(August 11):
NHL releases pre-season schedule

CBC Sports' hockey page
(July 17):
New NHL schedule heightens Canadian rivalries

(August 11):
Senators host Rangers to open NHL pre-season

ESPN's NHL page (July 17):
The can't-miss games of 2008-2009 NHL season

Long Island Newsday's Rangers page
(July 17):
Hot off the presses: The Sked
Some dates to circle...

(July 18):
NHL new schedule: Rangers, Islanders play 6 times
Fewer Atlantic Division rivalry games: Good, bad, ugly?

The Journal News' Rangers page
(July 17):
2008-2009 schedule released (Rangers Report blog)

(July 18):
Rangers to open season in Prague

(July 29):
Pre-season schedule set (Rangers Report blog)

New York Daily News' Rangers page (July 17):
It's official: Rangers will open season in Prague against Lightning

New York Post's Rangers page (July 17):
Rangers open in Prague on October 4th

New York Times' hockey page (July 18):
For Rangers, first stop on schedule is Prague

The Bergen Record's Rangers page (July 18):
Blueshirts overseas to start season

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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)

As of now, the New York Rangers could make as many as 26 national television appearances this season.

No full broadcast schedule has been finalized for both the NHL Network and NBC, but will be announced soon.

All other Rangers games will be televised locally by MSG Network with the number of overflow games for MSG+ to be determined at a later date. There is the possibility that one or more weekend games may also be shown on WWOR-TV, as was the case twice last season.

Steve Zipay of Long Island Newsday reports that MSG Network will televise all eight Rangers preseason games (including both in Bern, Switzerland) as well as the team's first two regular season games on October 4th and October 5th from O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. This is not to be confused with the larger venue in London, England by the same name. It is the first of two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League's second NHL Premiere series in league history. The second game can also be seen elsewhere in the United States on Versus.

Various cable systems in the New York City television market will set up a second overflow channel on either occupied or normally unused cable channel slots in the event both MSG Network and MSG+ are airing other games at the same time a Rangers game is scheduled. Check with for the most updated on-air overflow channel schedule during the season.

Versus (8):
NOTE: All games are exclusive cablecasts in the United States except for March 24th.
October 5, 2008 - Tampa Bay vs. New York Rangers at Prague, Czech Republic
December 29, 2008 - New York Islanders at New York Rangers
January 5, 2009 - Pittsburgh at New York Rangers
February 9, 2009 - New York Rangers at New Jersey
February 16, 2009 - New York Rangers at St. Louis
March 9, 2009 - New York Rangers at Carolina
March 24, 2009 - Minnesota at New York Rangers
March 30, 2009 - New Jersey at New York Rangers

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) (4):
October 4, 2008 - New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay at Prague, Czech Republic
November 1, 2008 - New York Rangers at Toronto
November 22, 2008 - New York Rangers at Ottawa
December 4, 2008 - New York Rangers at Montréal

Le Réseau des Sports (RDS) (4):
December 4, 2008 - New York Rangers at Montréal
January 7, 2009 - Montréal at New York Rangers
March 17, 2009 - New York Rangers at Montréal
April 7, 2009 - Montréal at New York Rangers

The Sports Network (TSN) (3):
November 19, 2008 - Vancouver at New York Rangers
January 7, 2009 - Montréal at New York Rangers
February 25, 2009 - New York Rangers at Toronto

NBC (1, with potentially up to 7):
January 18, 2009 - New York Rangers at Pittsburgh

For more on the league-wide national television schedules, see these news sources below.

National Hockey League official site (August 14):
League releases TV schedules for 2008-2009

The Sports Network's (TSN) NHL page (August 14):
TSN announces 2008-2009 NHL broadcast schedule
2008-2009 NHL on TSN schedule
NHL: Hockey Lives Here (video clip)

CBC Sports' hockey page (August 14):
Hockey Night in Canada unveils season schedule

Versus' NHL page (August 14):
Versus announces schedule for 2008-2009 NHL regular season
Much to see on Versus this season
Versus' 2008-2009 broadcast schedule

Long Island Newsday's Blue Notes blog
(August 14):
Rangers remain prime-time for Versus

(August 26):
Exclusive: MSG to broadcast games from Bern, Prague

The Journal News' Rangers Report blog (August 14):
Good news: Rangers to be featured often on national television. Bad news: uh, same thing

Kukla's Korner blog (August 15):
The Eye on the Media 2008-09 National TV Guide: Team-by-Team Network TV Schedules
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