The Rangers were 2-0 against the Blues last season, but that doesn’t guarantee anything when the two teams meet at Scottrade Center Saturday night. The new-look Blueshirts will be tested by a team that went 24-13-4 at home last year; the Rangers were just 19-17-5 on the road.
Daily News – Mika Zibanejad impresses in Rangers debut
Zibanejad himself has plenty of speed and creativity, which was on full display in the Rangers’ season-opening win over the Islanders when he notched two assists. He worked hard defensively and moved the puck well during 4:50 of power-play time.
Speed stopped the Rangers’ playoff hopes dead in its tracks in April. They were swept aside in five playoff games because they couldn’t handle the lightning legs of the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The skate was on the other foot on opening night Thursday, as the Rangers used speed as their weapon to torment the rival Islanders.
Rangers Report – Now playing on Broadway: Reviewing the seven new Rangers
Seven new faces were inserted into the Rangers’ lineup on Thursday night, as the Blueshirts kicked off their 90th campaign in the NHL. An eighth, Josh Jooris, was scratched. How did they fare in their Broadway debuts? Let’s take a look:
Blueshirt Banter – Rangers sign forward Justin Fontaine
Here’s a strange one. The Rangers have signed forward Justin Fontaine to a two-way contract, it appears. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Rangers placed Fontaine on waivers today, which is strange given that nobody had reported that Fontaine had signed with the Rangers to begin with.