The Blueshirts will faceoff against the Preds on opening night
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October just got a little closer as the New York Rangers will open the season at home against the  Nashville Predators on Oct. 4.

The New York Rangers newly hired head coach can see the light at the end of the tunnel. David Quinn will kick off his NHL coaching career on Broadway at Madison Square Garden when the Blueshirts host the Western Conference Nashville Predators on Oct. 4.

The National Hockey league released the home openers of all 31 teams on Tuesday afternoon. A teaser, if you will, for what is to come on Thursday evening.

The day after the National Hockey League awards ceremony, being held in Las Vegas, Nevada where it’s a beautiful 105 degrees, the NHL will televise the announcement of the 2018-2019 NHL schedule in its entirety. The hour-long show will begin at 5:00 p.m. Est. and will be streamed live on the league’s website.

The Rangers split the season series last year with the Predators winning 4-2 at the Garden on Oct. 21 and losing 5-2 at Nashville Feb. 3.

The organization will look to get their “rebuilt” team back into the playoffs following last seasons disappointment when they missed postseason play for the first time in seven seasons.

On Monday, the Rangers announced their six-game preseason schedule. They will take the ice on Sept. 17 at New Jersey. They will then host the Flyers on Sept. 19, travel to Bridgeport, Ct on Sept. 22 to play the Islanders, and whoever their new head coach may be. Then they head back to the Garden on Sept.24 to host the Devils. Two days later the Islanders come to MSG on Sept. 26 and the Rangers will conclude the preseason in Philadelphia on Sept.27.

David Quinn will have a lot of work ahead of him as he looks to get a young team adjusted to the NHL lifestyle, a process that he himself will be going through at the same time.

October really can’t get here soon enough.

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