New York Rangers, Mats Zuccarello
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Game 1 of 82 gets underway tonight as the New York Rangers travel to Chicago to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks.

By Robby Sabo

At 33-years of age Henrik Lundqivst fully understands his chances to capture that elusive Stanley Cup Championship are dwindling each time he takes the ice.

After four years of coming oh-so-close, Lundqvist and the rest of the New York Rangers will take the ice tonight for game No. 1 of 82 of a brand-spanking new NHL season.

They’ll once again start the season in the home of the Stanley Cup Champions.

Just as they did last year in Los Angeles, they’ll watch the banner be lifted this season in Chicago.

Here’s how Alain Vigneault rolled the lines this morning at practice:



  1. Nash-Brassaard-Zuccarello
    2. Kreider-Stepan-Hayes
    3. Miller-Lindberg-Stalberg
    4. Moore-Stoll-Fast
    Scratches: Glass, Etem


  1. McDonagh-Girardi
    2. Staal-Boyle
    3. Yandle-Klein
    Scratches: McIlrath


  1. Henrik Lundqvist
  2. Antti Raanta

First puck drops at 8 PM ET.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]