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NewsdayNYR vs. Isles; Fem ting å se etter

Here are some players and matchups to look for in the Rangers’ season opener at Madison Square Garden against the Islanders:

Rangers ReportFørst og fremst må Rangers forsvare seg

Things will be different on the defensive side of the puck for the 2016-17 Rangers because, well, because they must be. Or because they couldn’t be as bad as they were in ’15-16.

NewsdayNick Holden klar for sin Rangers debut

During his three years on the blueline for the Colorado Avalanche, Nick Holden averaged just over 20 minutes on ice per night. It’s doubtful that he’ll reach that number this season with the Rangers, who see the 29-year-old as a steady, dependable third-pair defenseman on a team with an established top four.

SNYGirardi føler seg bra på vei inn i en ny sesong

Earlier this week, Dan Girardi was asked how he was feeling heading into the season and said «I feel great, no complaints here.»

Daily NewsRangers klare for en ny sesong, uinteresserte i å reflekter på tidligere sesonger

It’s been nearly six months since the Rangers played a game that counted, and their longest offseason in half a decade comes to a close Thursday when they face their rival Islanders at the Garden, when they can officially begin anew.

SNYVesey og Buchnevich debuterer

Tonight, on a line with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey, on a line with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello, will make their regular season NHL debuts for the Rangers.

NewsdayHalak starter trolig i mål for Islanders

It is one of the more impressive streaks going in this Islanders-Rangers rivalry and Jaroslav Halak is just happy he gets another crack at the boys in blue Thursday night, though he doesn’t put much stock in the fact that he’s won six straight games for the Isles over the Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist in goal.

New York PostRangers’ ungdomssatsning er ikke bare prat

To see the substance behind the Rangers’ talk of turning the page on the past and this being a new season, just take a look at the roster standing on the Garden blue line when this regular season finally kicks on Thursday night against the Islanders.

SNYPirri starter i midten på 4. rekka

On Pirri centering the fourth line, Vigneault said on Thursday «I think we are in the process of identifying who goes with who and what makes this team the best team that it can be.

New York PostNick Holden går fra usynlig til viktig brikke i åpningskampen

The Rangers obtained defenseman Nick Holden from the Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round pick this summer, so it is hard to think they were overly optimistic about him immediately cracking their top four.