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The Landlubber’s Guide to the New York Rangers

What you need to know ahead of tonight’s Kraken game

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Hey you. You’re swept up in all this Seattle Kraken hype. You want to know more about hockey but don’t know where to start. Well, we want to help make these games easy and fun for you to watch.

Throughout the season, we’ll release Landlubber’s Guides designed with the new fan in mind. This includes basic need-to-know info for you to absorb before you watch Kraken games and highlights.

Let’s dive in to the New York Rangers.

Are they any good?

Pretty good! The Rangers have been in a rebuild phase for a few years but they’ve come out strong so far this season with 5-2-1 (wins, losses, OT losses). They’re third place in the Metropolitan Division right now.

With a host of young talent and Gerard Gallant as the new head coach, the Rangers could really do some damage this year.

Who should I look out for?

  • Mika Zibanejad (Center, #93) - When you think of the big stars in the NHL, Mika Zibanejad doesn’t immediately come to mind... but he should. Zibanejad is one of the league’s most consistent scorers and he just signed a eight year contract extension to stay in New York.
  • Artemi Panarin (Left Wing, #10) - Panarin (or “Breadman”) is an offensive powerhouse and New York’s most skilled player. He’s had some early season struggles but once Panarin gets the engine running, he’ll be a hard player to beat.
  • Ryan Reeves (#75, Right Wing) - Ryan Reeves is not known for scoring goals. He has expertise in getting under his opponent’s skin with his physicality and attitude. If there’s a fight during the game tonight, keep an eye out for Reeves because he’s probably in the middle of it.

Any Seattle ties?

Not that I know of! If you know of a PNW connection on the Rangers, let me know in the comments.

Odds and Ends

  • The Rangers recently lost their longstanding number one goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, the most beautiful man in hockey. King Henrik (as he’s called in New York) will have his jersey retired on January 28, 2022 and will be featured on MSG’s Ranger’s coverage this year.
  • The Rangers have something in common with the Kraken. Both have never had a mascot.
  • The diagonal lettering on the Rangers jersey is really popular with hockey fans. It’s classic and steeped in tradition (the original was designed in 1926). Personally, I’m not a huge fan.

The puck drops at 6pm PST tonight at Climate Pledge Arena and will be broadcast on NHL Network and ROOT Sports NW for regional subscribers.