By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
Niklas Larsson – AP
There is no need to panic, Rangers fans.
At least not yet.
The Rangers are the only team in the NHL this year that has had to endure a prolonged European stay due to the renovations currently going on at Madison Square Garden. After four exhibition matches in Prague, Slovakia, and Switzerland; and an exhibition and their first two regular season games in Sweden, it would probably be an extreme understatement to say that this team is delighted to come back to the U.S. In fact, John Tortorella exemplified this sentiment when he said, “We want to get the hell out of here.”
The much anticipated regular season opener for the Rangers started off flat, extremely flat. They took on an L.A. Kings squad who many predict will make a run to the cup with the recent acquisitions of Mike Richards and Simon Gagne. Right out of the gate, the Rangers looked sloppy, sluggish, and extremely undisciplined – three traits Coach Tortorella desp...