Jan 14, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella looks on from the bench against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Lines For Opening Night If The Season Started Today

If the season started today these would be my lines for the Rangers:

Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik

Thoughts: This line was great last year especially at the end of the season before Gaborik had that shoulder problem. Why break up a good thing? Obviously Gaborik probably wouldn’t be healthy for opening night but let’s pretend he will be.

Nash-Stepan-Callahan

Thoughts: Nash can play left or right wing and I definitely think he’ll be better suited away from Richards because they both like to carry the puck into the zone (Remember how bad Gomez and Jagr were together?). Nash’s shooting, Stepan’s passing, and with Callahan planting himself in front of the opposition’s net could have this line produce a lot of offense.

Kreider-Boyle-Pyatt

Thoughts: Kreider’s offensive talents may be too good for the likes of Boyle and Pyatt, but Kreider needs to learn the pro game first. He showed what he could do with the puck last playoffs now he needs to show what he can do without it. Once Kreider learns the pro game this line could be very defensively responsible.

Asham-Halpern-Rupp

Thoughts: Sorry Mr. Halpern but it looks like you’ll be stuck between two enforcers for the time being. Enjoy your three minutes 5 v 5 play a night, and enjoy your two minutes of penalty kill a night also. I’d love to see some kids make this team and knock the likes of Asham and Rupp out of the lineup. Christian Thomas, J.T. Miller, and Ryan Bourque I’m looking at you. Maybe even Michael Haley would be a good change of pace.

Prediction: After gaining Tortorella’s trust, Kreider shows a ton of offensive ability and knocks Ryan Callahan down to the third line. This isn’t just a prediction this is also my hope. I think Callahan can play with any center on the team and do well. Kreider on the other hand can probably play better with Stepan than with Boyle but for now Kreider needs to work his way up the ladder.

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