NY Rangers Game 1 Open Thread: The Tom Wilson game, again

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AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

The Rangers kick off their season, sorta, in Washington against the Capitals tonight. I say sorta because let’s be real, this is less about hockey and the 2021-2022 season and more about Tom Wilson. Not from an us standpoint, but from a Rangers organization standpoint. Ryan Reaves and Jarred Tinordi were brought in for this reason, and likely this reason alone. It’s a bit sad, but it’s where we are right now.

Outside of the circus act that hopefully will be over after a puck drop line brawl, the Rangers are beginning their quest to make the playoffs. Not including the punchies, the moves the Rangers made this offseason were geared towards bringing in a more well rounded lineup that can score and grind. Did the pendulum swing from “too skilled” to “too many grinders?” We shall see.

Caps Lines

Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Tom Wilson
Anthony Mantha-Lars Eller-Daniel Spring
Connor Sheary-Hendrix Lapierre-TJ Oshie
Carl Hagelin-Nic Dowd-Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary-John Carlson
Trevor van Riemsdyk-Justin Schultz
Dmitry Orlov-Nick Jensen

Vitek Vanecek gets the start.

Rangers Lines 

Alexis Lafreniere-Mika Zibanejad-Chris Kreider
Artemiy Panarin–Ryan StromeKaapo Kakko
Barclay Goodrow–Filip ChytilDryden Hunt
Sammy BlaisKevin Rooney-Ryan Reaves

Ryan LindgrenAdam Fox
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Jarred Tinordi-Patrik Nemeth

PP1: Strome-Zibanejad-Panarin-Kreider-Fox
PP2: Kakko-Chytil-Lafreniere-Blais-Trouba

Alex Georgiev gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Julien Gauthier (healthy), Libor Hajek (healthy), Nils Lundkvist (healthy)

Crazy Prediction: No one fights Tom Wilson.

Game time is 7:30pm.