Rangers Will Have to be Road Warriors
The New York Rangers find themselves in a precarious situation to start the 2013-14 campaign. They can't step a skate inside Madison Square Garden until their home opener on Monday, October 28th. That's nearly a month after the regular season starts.
Madison Square Garden is undergoing a nearly $800 million renovation and although the project is in Phase 3 and nearly complete, the Rangers find themselves without a home for the time being.
The Rangers will play their first eight games on the road, with the first four of those on the west coast. Rangers new head coach Alain Vigneault isn't worried though. “Being on the road for the month of October will allow us to get to know each other. We will use it the best we can and to get on the same page with our system, that we get to know each other and that it will work out, " Vigneault said.
Meanwhile, the Rangers haven't fared well so far in the pre-season so far, dropping three of their first four contests. Their latest defeat came Tuesday night in Edmonton. Vigneault isn't concerned about wins and losses at this stage, he just wants his players to buy into his system.
The Rangers kick off their 2013-14 campaign on October 3rd in Phoenix.