We've got a huge night tonight with our first full slate of NHL games to open the season.
Plenty of rivalries will be re-united tonight and one is arguably taking top billing.
The Washington Capitals will host the New York Rangers tonight as the two sides will play for the first time since their circus last year.
The Rangers spent their offseason building a team that can fight Capitals' forward Tom Wilson and tonight we'll get our first glance of their new "physical" lineup.
Wilson isn't really phased.
“They gotta lot of new faces, new personnel that I’m sure are going to try and make an impact on the game,” Wilson said. “If you ask them, this is a big rivalry now. So we’ll expect that. Everyone wants to get the win at the end of the day. We have our game plan. We’re going to try and execute that.”
It won't be a shock if Rangers' head coach Gerard Gallant sends one of Ryan Reaves, Jarred Tinordi or Dryden Hunt to try and drop the gloves with Wilson.
“My job is to play the game, play my game,” Wilson continued. “If we’re going to go on the power play that’s great. We have a lot of good players in this room that can make things happen out there and capitalize on that. That being said, emotions are going to be high. I’m sure. You have to stay disciplined like any other night.”
“I don’t know what the real goal is behind it all,” he added. “All I can really focus on is our room, our team, our organization. Having a big, physical first night with the Rangers isn’t where we want to be this year. We have a lot of goals. I want to score goals. I want to be a leader. I want to take on more responsibility, and get our team to the playoffs and hopefully more. Obviously, tonight there’s a big spotlight on the game. It’s an opening night for both teams. It’s going to be fun. We’ll see how it goes.”
What do you think of Wilson's comments?