VANCOUVER — It appears the NHL schedule-maker has a flair for the dramatic.

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VANCOUVER — It appears the NHL schedule-maker has a flair for the dramatic.

How's this for starting the new season with a splash? The Winnipeg Jets will open the 2019-20 campaign at Madison Square Garden, facing Jacob Trouba, Brendan Lemieux and the rest of the New York Rangers. The Oct. 3 game will mark the home opener for the Broadway Blueshirts, who acquired the two former Jets in a pair of separate trades.

It will also mark a homecoming for the newest Jets defenceman, Neal Pionk, who travelled the other way last week in the Trouba swap.

Winnipeg will continue the road trip the following night, Oct. 4, by invading Newark to take on the New Jersey Devils in their home opener.

It's likely the Jets will play one more game in the New York area following the initial back-to-back — a date with the Islanders would seem a likely bet — before returning north of the border for their own home opener, set for Oct. 10, when the Minnesota Wild visit Bell MTS Place.

The Rangers, Devils and Wild dates are the only known thus far, as the NHL released just the home openers for all 31 teams Friday. The complete, 82-game regular-season schedule will be unveiled Tuesday.

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Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre
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Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.