After turning heads in the Traverse City Tournament, Kaapo Kakko will make his preseason debut for the New York Rangers.
His first-ever professional hockey game will take place at the world’s most famous arena—Madison Square Garden.
The lineup for the game is the same group that worked together in practice on Tuesday morning.
Artemi Panarin – Mika Zibanejad – Kaapo Kakko
Chris Kreider – Lias Andersson – Vitali Kravtsov
Greg McKegg – Danny O’Regan – Nick Jones
Michael Haley – Boo Nieves – Jake Elmer
Brady Skjei – Jacob Trouba
Libor Hajek – Adam Fox
Brandon Crawley – Brendan Smith
Head coach David Quinn is wasting no time evaluating his newest Rangers.
Rookies Kakko, Kravtsov, Fox, and Shesterkin should see plenty of ice time throughout the game. This will give Quinn a chance to evaluate the young talent in game action.
Newly-acquired Panarin and Trouba will also play on Wednesday as the coaching staff looks to get the “first” of many firsts out of the way for many of the players who joined the team this offseason.
Faceoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on MSG Networks and streamed on the MSG GO app.