New York Rangers hockey resumes on Tuesday night for the 2017-2018 season. Hasn’t the year gone by quickly? It feels like we were just in the winter months and now the hockey season is ready to begin again. Last year, the Rangers finished with 102 points and qualified as the Wild Card for the Eastern Conference. They topped the Montreal Canadiens in six games and fell to the Ottawa Senators in the next round, also in six games.
Time for a new year and a clean slate in Gotham. Some new faces have arrived, Kevin Shattenkirk being one of the more notable ones. David Desharnais is another one, with time in Montreal and Edmonton before arriving in the Big Apple. Ondrej Pavelec , who looked good in the preseason, is the new backup goalie.
And there are some familiar ones back for more. Ryan McDonagh is back in his duties as the captain. Mats Zuccarello is also back in town and ready to wreak havoc on opponents. He’s a small man (5-8) but always scrappy. Don’t forget about Rick Nash and Michael Grabner either, two of our top scorers last season.
And then of course, we have the most familiar face of them all. To know him is to love him. It’s been his net for a long time now. He took over one year after Mike Richter left. Some call him the “King”. We can just call him Henrik Lundqvist. Everyone knows how great he is. All of the big saves. All of the wins, the 30 win seasons, huge playoff wins and everything else he has brought to the table. He will remain in the hearts of the Blueshirt faithful for a long time.
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