The jury is still out on whether the Devils will contend for a playoff seed. Their depth will be tested against three loaded Pacific Division foes and the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins.
Ryan Callahan will be on the ice on Monday night when the Rangers host the Ducks at Madison Square Garden. The captain missed nearly three weeks with a broken left thumb that he sustained in a game against the Capitals on Oct. 16.
Ever since his October 20 recall, Chris Kreider has been the Rangers’ most effective player on a nightly basis.
It’s hard to believe that, after all that’s transpired over the past six days, the New York Islanders (3-2-2) haven’t lost any ground in the Metropolitan Division standings.
The return of Callahan’s inspirational and wholehearted play couldn’t come at a more important time. New York’s preseason slump carried into Thursday’s regular-season opener as it lost to the Coyotes, 4-1.
The message from the New York Rangers’ bench might not be any different from in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be.