Well, tonight is the night that we have all been waiting for. When John Tortorella got dismissed by the organization, the fans started wondering where he would end up. The New York Rangers hired Vancouver Canucks former coach Alain Vigneault. Who is bound to bring a fresh, new system to the city of New York. Tortorella went, well, you guessed it, the Canucks. Basically, they performed the good ole fashioned swap.
Now, these two teams will hash it out on a sheet of ice in Vancouver, British Columbia in Rogers Arena. Although it is a preseason game and there are no points on the line, it will still be quite interesting to see how the crowd responds to Vigneault’s return. He himself stated he never got a chance to say goodbye to the fans and thank them, but tonight he will get that chance. The next time these two teams will meet is in November at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers haven’t had a terrible preseason by any means, and many fans expect there to be a few bumps in the road before things finally start going smoothly. Marc Staal has looked terrific this preseason, along with the likes of Martin Biron, Derick Brassard, and the boatload of rookies that made their way out to training camp to compete for a spot on the roster.
After Tuesday night’s loss in Edmonton, the Rangers’ preseason record fell to 1-3, while the Canucks sit at a measly 1-4, with tonight being their final preseason game.
Here is the probable line-up for tonight’s Rangers:
Goaltenders (last year’s stats):
Henrik Lundqvist – 24-16-3, 2.05 gaa, .926 sv%, 2 so
Roberto Luongo – 9-6-3, 2.56 gaa, .907 sv%, 2 so
Here is the live stream for tonight’s game, do not click on ads! It may download a virus:
As I mentioned above, Tortorella is now apart of the Canucks organization, and here he is already making friends with the Vancouver media:
Tortorella also talked about his firing from NY:
I was told to leave, so I left.
However he did not give any more info on whether he resents the organization for his dismissal.
Puck drops at 10pm, enjoy the game and Let’s Go Rangers!