Devils troll the Rangers


Let the trolling begin. That’s what the Devils did to the Rangers earlier today. Following the announcement of the full NHL schedule for the ’19-20 season, the Devils Twitter account was in a hyper mood. Especially with the first meeting between top picks Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko taking place at The Rock on October 17.

It’s obvious they were going for a little fun here. While it is over the top using The Rock’s signature, “It DOESN’T MATTER” gimmick, I laughed at it. What more can we do as fans? It’s nice that we won’t have to wait too long to see Hughes and Kakko if both make their teams out of camp and stay healthy.

Yes. October 17 will be circled on everyone’s calendar. There hasn’t been much juice to the classic Hudson Rivalry in quite a while. You better believe there’s going to be plenty of excitement and hoopla surrounding the Devils and Rangers when they play. It’s too bad the NHL still can’t seem to get it right. Rivalry games should be at least six match-ups each season. Not four.

Here are the four games between the close rivals:

Oct. 17 NYR @ NJD 7 EST

Nov. 30 NYR @ NJD 1 EST

Jan. 9 NYR vs NJD 7 EST

Mar. 7 NYR vs NJD 7 EST

So, two Thursday nights in each arena and two Saturday’s with one matinee in Newark following Thanksgiving. Okie doke.

I couldn’t help but notice that the schedule makers have the Rangers facing the Islanders three times over an eight day span between January 13-21. What the heck? The final match is February 25 at Barclays Center. This makes no sense. But yeah.

Oct. 3 is the season opener at home against Winnipeg. Apparently, it was important to troll Jacob Trouba’s former team. The Rangers visit the Senators on Oct. 5.

That’s all for now. It’s too early for a full schedule breakdown. Besides, we have so much to look forward to due to rookie prospect camp this week. Plus the hot rumors with free agency.

Don’t forget PK Subban either in the Hudson Rivalry. He’s ready.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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