It’s been a long summer, but it’s finally Fall, and it’s finally October. That could only mean one thing, The hockey season is finally back.

Today began the first day of the season and fans are excited to watch NHL games again. With a lot of different moves in the offseason, the New York Rangers are a team to watch out for.

The Rangers play their first game Thursday, October 3rd against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m.

Connor Hellebuyck and Henrik Lundqvist are expected to be the starting goaltenders. The last matchup between these teams was February 12, Winnipeg won 4-3.

The Rangers have a new, young team.

This will be the year these young players grow and develop. The Jets aren’t much older than the Rangers though. The Jets have an average age of 25.9 and the Rangers have an average age of 25.4. Being the first game for both these teams, these young players will be able to showcase what they could bring to the season.

For the Winnipeg Jets two players to watch for are Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele. Both proved to be key players to this team. Laine had 30 goals and 20 assists last season, Scheifele had 38 goals and 46 assists.

For the Rangers, Mika Zibanejad has proven to be a powerful leader. With a standout season last year, Zibanejad has the potential to get better and better each year. Whether Zibanejad is named captain or not, the leadership qualities are there and the skill on the ice is impossible to miss.

The Rangers added many players in the offseason so there is a lot of players to watch out for. Artemi Panarin, Jacob Trouba, and Adam Fox played well in the preseason and fans are hoping this group plays even harder during the regular season.

The Rangers have the potential to make the playoffs and have the potential to make a little push. Time will only tell this season. With new, young talent this team could become successful.

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