Happy Friday folks. There was an actual, regular season hockey game last night, and it involved the Rangers. So in lieu of my long, unimportant preamble, just gonna hop straight into the links. Here are your morning notes.
Let's start with the basics: Rick Nash scored twice, Chris Kreider added another, the top line was rather effective, and the Rangers won their season opener against the Blues 3-2. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [The Record] [Daily News] [Newsday] [Blueshirts United]
The first of those Nash goals kicked off the scoring for the year for the Blueshirts, so we made it into a neat little GIF for you. [Blueshirt Banter]
In what can best be described as a battle between Norway and the United States (unexpected in theory, and unexpected in how it manifested Thursday night) Mats Zuccarello and T.J. Oshie dropped the gloves. No, really. [Blueshirt Banter]
The really bad news you're probably aware of from last night: After blocking a shot in the third period, new Ranger Dan Boyle broke his hand, and will miss the next 4-6 weeks. [Blueshirt Banter] [Ranger Rants]
Kevin Hayes missed the Rangers opener with a shoulder injury, but all indications are that he'll be ready to go Saturday in Columbus if needed. [NY Post] Note: Hayes might be needed, as Jesper Fast blocked a shot that stung him pretty hard as well, and Alain Vigneault said his status will be evaluated again on Friday.
How will the Rangers respond to actual expectations coming off a run to the Stanley Cup round? [Blueshirt Banter]
As the season opens, plenty of questions remain about the Rangers lineup, but these are good problems for Vigneault to have. [Blueshirt Banter]
Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Dan Girardi star in the newest version of Rangerstown. [Blueshirt Banter]