It is July 29, and there is hockey on our TVs. This is not a drill. NY Rangers hockey is back. This may be an exhibition game, but it’s also a momentum building game. This is a game where you want the Rangers to be as crisp and as clean as possible. The outcome doesn’t really matter that much, but process does.
Everything heading into these playoffs is different. The long layoff changed injury status, changed development status, and even changed post-trade deadline status. Usually teams get a month after the deadline to gel. This time teams got a week or two. All this matters. Looking crisp and clean tonight matters more than anything right now.
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Andy Greene-Noah Dobson
Nick Leddy-Johnny Boychuk
Semyon Varlamov gets the start.
PK Forwards: Fast, Kreider, Strome, Howden, Zibanejad
PK Defense: Smith, Trouba, Staal, Lindgren, Fox
Igor Shesterkin gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: Three fights in an exhibition game.
Game time is 8pm.