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New York Rangers vs Phoenix Coyotes takes place Thursday night as the NHL 2013-2014 season gets underway as both teams look to have far better seasons than they ended up having last year. Tonight's game will start at 10 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below)
Last season was a disappointment for both of these teams and both will be wanting to get the new season off to a positive start so that they can look forward with optimism.
The offseason has been important for both the Rangers and the Coyotes, and was an opportunity to make some much needed adjustments. Tonight will be the first test for both teams to see how those changes have turned out and what still needs to be done and worked on.
These two teams faced off in January 2012, and since then the Rangers team has changed from recognition. The Rangers suffered a second round exit to the Boston Bruins last season, and that ultimately led to the exit door for coach John Tortorella. They ended up hiring former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.
Over the close season they also lost Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline, and Ryane Clowe moved on to the New Jersey Devils.
New York Rangers vs Phoenix Coyotes will start at 10 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.