by Chris Zadorozny (@Zads07)
In the fifth preview of 15 Eastern Conference teams, Sports Radio Detroit examines a team that made the playoffsthree years in a row and are looking to make a run toward the top spot in the East this year. The Rangers have one of the top goaltenders in the league and despite a coaching change in the off-season, are still a force to be reckoned with in 2013-2014.
- One of the first, “Original Six” teams in the NHL. Founded in 1926.
- 4 Stanley Cups (1927-1928, 1932-1933, 1939-1940, 1993-1994)
- 1 Conference Championships (1993-1994)
- 7 Division Championships (1926-1927, 1931-1932, 1941-1942, 1989-1990, 1991-1992, 1993-1994, 2011-2012)
2013 stats: Top 5 players
Derek Stepan (18 G, 26 A, 44 PTS), Rick Nash (21 G, 21 A, 42 PTS), Brad Richards (11, 23 A, 34 PTS), Ryan Callahan (16 G, 15 A, 31 PTS), Carl Hagelin (10 G, 14 A, 24 PTS)
2013 Team Rankings
15th in Goals/Game (2.62), 4th in Goals Against (2.25), 23rd in Power Play (15.7%), 15th in Penalty Kill (81.1%)
- Henrik Lundqvist (43 GP, 24 W, 16 L, 3 OTL, .926 SV%, 2.05 GAA)
- Kevin Poulin (6 GP, 2 W, 2 L, 1 OTL, .917 SV%, 2.32 GAA)
- Rangers backup last season, expected backup this season
Lundqvist is one of the top goaltenders in the league. He’ll be the starter this year, and even under new head coach Vigneault, should be able to rack up wins and play nearly the full season. Biron will see time here and there to give Henrik a night of here and there, but overall, this is Lundqvists team.
Additions: D Justin Falk (Trade/Minnesota), D Danny Syvret (Trade/Philadelphia), F Danny Kristo (Trade/Montreal), D Aaron Johnson (Free Agent/Boston), F Dominic Moore (Free Agent/San Jose), F Benoit Pouliot (Free Agent/Tampa Bay)
Losses: F Benn Ferriero (Trade/Minnesota), F Kris Newbury (Trade/Philadelphia), F Christian Thomas (Trade/Montreal), F Ryan Clowe (Free Agent/New Jersey), D Matt Gilroy (Free Agent/Florida), F Brandon Segal (Free Agent/Washington), D Wade Redden (Buyout)
Games vs. Red Wings
- Saturday, October 26, 2013 vs. NY Rangers (7:00pm)
- Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ NY Rangers (7:00pm)
- Sunday, March 9, 2014 @ NY Rangers (7:30pm)
The New York Rangers are going to be a powerful team this season. Despite coming in 6th place last year, they have a top-notch goaltender, a veteran savvy defensive core and a group of forwards that are perfectly able to put a lot of pucks in the net.
Led by Callahan on the front lines, along with scoring forwards Nash, Richards and Hagelin, the Rangers will definitely be a tough team this season. Don’t be surprised if they contend for the top two spots in the Metropolitan Division. It should make for some great hockey, and despite only playing the Rangers three times this season, Red Wings fans will love the opportunity to renew an old rivalry for the future.
To read the original post that appeared on Sports Radio Detroit on August 31, 2013, go to www.sportsradiodetroit.com