Rangers Face Bruins In Season Opener

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Rangers-Rick Nash: The waiting is over, not only for the former first overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft, but for the entire Rangers fan base that has been salivating thinking about Nash playing in the Blueshirt since he was acquired from Columbus back on July 23rd. Described by head coach John Tortorella as "low maintenence", Nash is a true superstar---a seven-time 30+-goal scorer, five-time NHL All Star, and an Olympic Gold Medal winner---and he is expected to boost the Rangers offensive production, which should also free up fellow star winger Marian Gaborik, who, himself, is coming off of a 41-goal season. Nash likely will start the season on a line centered by skilled veteran playmaker Brad Richards, with speedy sophomore Carl Hagelin on the other wing. At the age of 28, Nash is just entering what should be the prime years of his career, and his Rangers debut Saturday is one of the most-anticipated moments in the entire league.

 

Bruins-Tuukka Rask: With two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas deciding not to play this season, the 25 year-old Rask steps into the spotlight as the Bruins No. 1 goalie. His career-numbers---2.20 goals against average, .926 save perecentage---suggest that Rask will more than up to the task of handling the top spot in Boston, but without Thomas in the picture, there really is no safety net now for the talented Finn. Interestingly Rask actually appeared in more games than the veteran Thomas back in 2009-10, playing 45 times and posting a scintillating 1.97 goals against average and .931 save percentage. In the first start he ever made against the Rangers on January 31, 2009, Rask stopped all 31 shots in 1-0 shutout victory.