Back on May 3, after Tom Wilson body-slammed Artemi Panarin, flexed in the penalty box, and was finally sent off the ice by a confounded officiating crew, the Capitals’ recidivist headhunter stormed down the locker room corridor at the Garden to continue his humiliation of the Rangers.

“They’ve got no one for me!” Wilson screamed, according to a well-placed observer.

Five-plus months and a season later, the Rangers sure do now. Or did you sleep through the summer and miss the additions of Ryan Reaves, Barclay Goodrow, Sammy Blais, Dryden Hunt, Patrik Nemeth and Jarred Tinordi, all of whom are expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday night’s made-for-Turner TV opening match in Washington.

Let’s get this straight. The 82-game schedule is not a 1-plus-81-game exercise. This is not a stand-alone challenge for the Blueshirts as they embark on a new era under the direction of president-general manager Chris Drury and head coach Gerard Gallant. The two points at stake could come in pretty handy down the road.

But, no matter how much the Blueshirts doth protesteth following Tuesday’s prep work at the practice rink, it sure seems that way. Why else would Tinordi, ostensibly the club’s seventh defenseman, replace Nils Lundkvist, a likely candidate for the Calder Trophy, for this one? Why else would Hunt, signed ostensibly as a depth winger, move up to the third line in place of Julien Gauthier?