We could have written the same preview for the New York Rangers for at least the last three years, probably the last five, maybe the last ten. They’ll get more TV and press time due to their locale and Original Six status, but this is the same collection of small, quick, faceless forwards who don’t quite do enough in front of a top-heavy blue line that’s slightly better than it was but the bottom sucks so hard so who cares and all in front of an aging Henrik Lundqvist who will remain handsome but not able to bring this team through. The most interesting thing about the Rangers was that run-on sentence I just produced. And we do this every year. One day, maybe the Rangers will have a center. I’m just sure I’ll be incontinent by the time it happens.
New York Rangers
’16-’17 Record: 48-28-6 102 points (4th in Metro, lost to Ottawa in 2nd round after beating Montreal)
Team Stats 5v5: 47.9 CF% (25th) 48.6 SF% (24th) 48.4 SCF% (23rd) 8.8 SH% (4th) .923 SV% (18th)
Special Teams: 20.2 PP% (11th) 79.8 PK% (18th)