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.