Today is a glorious day. NY Rangers hockey is back, and we open right with a rivalry. It’ll be a pair of games against the Isles to kick off the season. Rob wrote a great breakdown of the Isles and how they compare to the Rangers this season, so go check that out.
This game will be about the top end skill of the Rangers and the defense-first grinding style of the Isles. If it’s a track meet, the Rangers have the better skill. If it’s a slog fest, the Isles have the better depth.
Isles Lines (projected)
Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier-Brock Nelson-Josh Bailey
Michael Dal Colle-JG Pageau-Oliver Wahlstrom
Andrew Ladd-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Nick Leddy-Scott Mayfield
Thomas Hickey-Noah Dobson
Semyon Varlamov gets the start.
Rangers Lines (projected)
PK Forwards: Kreider, Strome, Howden, Zibanejad
PK Defense: Trouba, Johnson, Lindgren, Fox
Igor Shesterkin gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: Shesterkin with a goal in the opener.
Game time is 7pm.