"In a crammed preseason schedule unveiled by the team yesterday, the Rangers will play eight games in 12 days in three countries - followed by the NHL regular-season opener in a fourth, the Czech Republic. The unusual campaign will divide the club into two squads and presumably present an added challenge in evaluating players because of the travel."
...not a big fan of this. How is the coaching staff supposed to make decisions on the final few roster spots with a split squad? With all the turnover in the off-season this is especially concerning this year.
...i wouldn't be surprised if this team struggles early due to this grueling travel schedule. Although, it could end up being a great bonding experience for a team with a lot of new players. Only time will tell.