It’s been a week since the Rangers fell in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks in Sweden. In that time, the team has been able to practice and work on the list of flaws displayed in their game in the first matches of the season. Tonight, according to head coach John Tortorella, the season really starts, when his team faces the rival New York Islanders from Nassau Coliseum.
“Our season starts now, that’s the way I look at it, as far as the situation there,” Tortorella said. “Our season starts now. This is when we really start trying to figure out who we are.”
“We’re trying to play the way we’re supposed to play,” Tortorella added. “It’s very difficult in the rinks we played in over there. But it’s no excuse. We had a good week of identifying what we have to do both on the ice and off the ice. Now, it’s time to start playing some games in North America.”
Both defenseman Michael Sauer (shoulder) and winger Wojtek Wolski (groin) will miss the game, meaning Erik Christensen and newly acquired defenseman Jeff Woywitka will both dress against the Islanders.
Evgeni Nabokov will make the start for the Islanders, as head coach Jack Capuano will give Al Montoya the night off. This marks Nabokov’s first NHL start since May 23, 2010, against the Chicago Blackhawks when he was a member of the San Jose Sharks.
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