New York Rangers host the Tampa Bay Lightning as the 2022-2023 season begins Tuesday night

Frank Curto
Jun 5, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) is congratulated by center Mika Zibanejad (93) and center Filip Chytil (72) as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the jungle Rangerstown. The New York Rangers will begin their 96th season on Tuesday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final.

The New York Rangers are ready to embark on another journey, one which they hope will end with a Stanley Cup Championship.

The Blueshirts will roll out the Blue Carpet on Tuesday afternoon as fans welcome back this year’s team. The game will begin at 7:30 pm and can be seen nationally on ESPN.

Welcome to Broadway

The Rangers added a few new faces in the offseason, including forwards Ryan Carpenter and Vincent Trocheck, as well as goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

-Carpenter notched three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 67 games with the Calgary Flames (8 GP) and Chicago Blackhawks (59 GP) in 2021-22. Prior to being dealt by Chicago on March 21, 2022, Carpenter ranked tied for third on the club in faceoff percentage (min. 100 faceoffs) with a 52.3 percent clip and third in shorthanded time-on-ice (128:14).

-Trocheck skated in 81 games for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2021-22, registering 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points and a career-high plus-21 rating. Trocheck ranked third on the Hurricanes with a career-high 185 hits, tied for fourth in points and fifth in goals. He was one of four players in the NHL last season with 50 or more points and 180 or more hits (Trocheck, Tom Wilson, Brady Tkachuk, Andrei Svechnikov). Among NHL skaters with 1,200 or more faceoffs taken, he ranked 13th in the league with a 54.6 faceoff percentage. In addition, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native led all Carolina forwards in blocked shots (46) and ranked second among forwards in ice time per game (17:52) and takeaways (50).

-Halak has appeared in 556 career NHL games (531 starts), split between the Vancouver Canucks (2021-22), Boston Bruins (2018-19 – 2020-21), New York Islanders (2014-15 – 2017-18), Washington Capitals (2013-14), St. Louis Blues (2010-11 – 2013- 14), and Montreal Canadiens (2006-07 – 2009-10). He has compiled a 285-18-4 record, a .916 save percentage, and a 2.49 goals-against average across 16 NHL seasons. The Bratislava, Slovakia native made 17 appearances (14 starts) in his first season with the Canucks in 2021-22, posting a 4-7-2 record, 2.94 goals against average, and a .903 save percentage. He made a season-high 39 saves on November 28, 2021, at Boston.

Projected Lineup

Kreider-Zibanejad-Kakko
Panarin-Trocheck-Kravtsov
Lafreniere-Chytil-Goodrow
Vesey-Carpenter-Reaves

Lindgren-Fox
Miller-Trouba
Jones-Schneider

Shesterkin

Game Notes

-New York will open a season at home for the 30th time in team history and the first time since the 2020-21 season. When opening a season at home, the Blueshirts all-time are 12-12-5-0 for 29 points. In those games, the Rangers have outscored their opponents 95-88.

– The Rangers have a 39-39-14-3 record all-time in home openers, including an overtime defeat to the Dallas Stars in last season’s home opener on Oct. 14.

– New York announced on Monday that Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, and Barclay Goodrow are alternate captains for the 2022-23 season.

-Last season, the Rangers went 27-10-4 for 58 points at home. In the NHL, they ranked tied for seventh in home wins and home points.

-New York’s 27 home wins ranked tied for fourth all-time in franchise history and were their most since the 2015-16 season (also 27 wins).

-Chris Kreider led the Rangers with 28 home goals, tied for the second most in the NHL behind Auston Matthews (32) and tied with Kirill Kaprizov. His 28 goals at home were tied for the most by a Ranger in a single season:

-Artemi Panarin needs 1 point to reach 250 in his career.

Upcoming Games

Oct. 13 -8:00 PM @Minnesota

Oct. 14 -8:00 PM @Winnipeg

Oct. 17 -7:00 PM vs. Anaheim

Oct. 20 -7:00 PM vs. San Jose

Oct. 23 -5:00 PM vs. Columbus