The call has finally been answered. Hockey is back, and fans can rejoice as the sport has returned for what should be another glorious season. This past weekend marked the start of the very first preseason games in 2013.
The New York Rangers got started tonight in Newark, NJ against the Devils. They’ve been recently revamped with the hiring of offense-first head coach Alain Vigneault. This will bring about new opportunities for the team and allow them to flow more freely. It is a very laid back system when compared to the likes of former HC John Tortorella.
Tonight was the first chance we would see the rookies in action and observe how they would respond in a game situation. It doesn’t really matter about the result, preseason is used as a tune-up to work out all the kinks and cobwebs heading into the regular season where points are on the line night in and night out. This will also be a unique couple of weeks because we will see the hybrid icing in effect and also shallower nets which will allow for more play and room behind the net. Let’s get to the game:
Throughout the 60 minutes of play, the game happened to be pretty uneventful. A typical first preseason game. The Rangers lineup featured a handful of rookies and a mix of NHLer’s, including Rick Nash, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards and revamped Marc Staal who was sporting a visor in The Rock. About halfway through the opening stanza, the Devils struck first. Mattias Tedenby chipped the puck past a sprawling Henrik Lundqvist to make the scoreline 1-0.
The 2nd period featured no scoring, just back and forth play between the two teams, as the new lines were still trying to get comfortable with each other and create some chemistry.
Just 30 seconds into the third period, Eric Gelinas made it 2-0 with a laser from the point which made it’s way past rookie goaltender Cam Talbot. 5 minutes progressed, and newcomer Dominic Moore finished off a broken play which cut the lead in half. Rookie Danny Kristo had a helper on the scoring play. The Rangers had their chances, but couldn’t finish as the Devils would go on to win by a score of 2-1.
Overall, New York looked decent and the fans shouldn’t be too critical, as half of the pros weren’t playing and not to mention they were missing Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and captain Ryan Callahan, who are all vital parts to the Rangers offense.
Despite the result, it was comforting to watch the NYR once again. The team will travel to Philadelphia to face-off against the Flyers tomorrow night at 7 pm. The game will be televised on MSG.
|10:20||NJD||M. TEDENBY WRIST – ASST: R. OLESZ AND A. URBOM||1 – 0 NJD|
|00:31||NJD||E. GELINAS SLAP – ASST: P. HARROLD AND A. HENRIQUE||2 – 0 NJD|
|04:59||NYR||D. MOORE BACKHAND – ASST: D. KRISTO AND M. HRIVIK||2 – 1 NJD|