Training camp opens on Sept. 17 and the Rangers will begin their six-game preseason schedule four days later, when they host the Devils.
Rangers fans are wondering how Glen Sather will go about supplying head coach Alain Vigneault with the final pieces required for a deep playoff run. If anything, the veteran GM rarely shies away from bold moves.
The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders have won all three meetings this season, outscoring the Rangers 13-4. The Isles have dominated, pinning their rivals deep in their own end by dictating pace with their relentless forecheck.
The Rangers’ bottom six took a significant hit when 23-year-old winger Jesper Fast was ruled out for two to three weeks following the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
The Rangers have a possession anchor in their lineup. Put Tanner Glass on any line, and that line is going to suffer.
Two former Penguins forwards looking to impress their new set of fans are veteran forwards Tanner Glass and Lee Stempniak.
If the Rangers are to return to the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Alain Vigneault will have to work some more magic.
“I thought some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Again, with our club we need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.”