The undefeated Rangers visit Rick Nash’s old haunt. Nash is on pace for 164 goals and 246 points, which would both be records.
Cam Talbot starts in goal, so Henrik Lundqvist gets the home opener Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leaves.
Tanner Glass (back) and Jesper Fast (hand/wrist) will play, so the only lineup change is Matt Hunwick, making his Rangers debut, replacing, Dan Boyle (broken hand, out 4-6 weeks). Hunwick will move over to the right on a pair with John Moore, while Kevin Klein takes Boyle’s spot with Marc Staal.
Kevin Hayes, Ryan Malone and Michael Kostka are prucha’d. Matthew Lombardi cleared waivers today and comes off the roster, so the Rangers are at 49 contracts. His release has no bearing on the salary cap since he wasn’t on it.
CBJ’s Brandon Dubinsky is out six weeks after abdominal surgery. Artem Anisimov will play, and Tim Erixon, the other piece of the Nash trade, played in the Jackets’ opener.
ICYMI, Chris Pronger was named to the NHL department of player safety. Yes, the same Chris Pronger who probably should have been suspended more often than he was, and the same Chris Pronger who is still being paid by Mr. Snider in Philly, and is providing the Flyers with much cap relief by being on their LTIR.
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