This marks the first time Thomas and Rangers uber-pest Sean Avery have been on the same ice since last April 4, when Avery tapped Thomas in the head while Thomas stretched during a television timeout. However, I wouldn't expect any funny stuff during an exhibition game.
The Rangers also have former Boston University Hobey Baker winner Matt Gilroy in their lineup on defense.
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