by Patrick Hoffman on 10/27/11 at 11:28 AM ET
For any hockey fan, there is nothing like attending your favorite team’s home opener.
You have the opportunity to see your favorite club play for the first time in several months. You get to see your favorite players back in action, your season ticket friends and of course, you go into it with nothing but the highest expectations for a good season on home ice.
That will be the case tonight for the New York Rangers as they get set to play their long awaited home opener tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only is this the first game for the Blueshirts, but it is also their first game in the newly renovated Madison Square Garden.
If the Rangers want to have any sort of chance of finishing in the top half of the Eastern Conference, they need to establish themselves on home ice this season and make Madison Square Garden a very difficult place to play. It was this way back in the early 1990’s and has never really come as close to being like that in a long time.
Yes, the Rangers are generally a good team on home ice but they are just not as dominant as they used to be. If the club can start controlling games in their own building, making the playoffs might become much easier.
And so it begins tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hopefully for the Rangers, they will get off to a quick start and get the Garden rocking for what should be a very exciting and interesting Rangers’ hockey club this season.
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