Because It's the Cap: New York Rangers Offseason Preview

Pat Keogh
June 12 2017 08:00AM

The New York Rangers have been a steady playoff team for the past decade largely due to the goaltending prowess of Henrik Lundqvist, but have unfortunately come up short these past several years, including this year’s second round exit at the hands of the totally beatable Ottawa Senators. It’s yet another disappointing end for the King with no Cup, and as he ages the Rangers’ situation becomes ever more dire; it would be a colossal failure of management to have the best goaltender of a generation fall into your lap and not be able to close the deal on at least one championship during his reign. 

As such, the Rangers, who underwent something of a retool last summer now must finish the task and revamp this squad in order to build a truly Cup contending team for the last several years of Henrik’s contract. Anything else, quite simply, would be a failure, leaving GM Jeff Gorton with a heavy task in front of him.

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NHL Second Round Playoff Preview: New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

Pat Keogh
April 27 2017 09:00AM

The dust has settled on the first round and here at NHL Numbers we have yet another second round series to preview, the New York Rangers/Ottawa Senators Eastern Conference Semifinal. After a hard-hitting series against Montreal in which ultimately speed and skill prevailed, the Rangers will head to Ottawa starting on Thursday night to meet their opponents, fresh off their own triumph over the injury-depleted Boston Bruins. 

That series saw big performances from Ottawa’s big guns, such as Derick Brassard, Bobby Ryan, and of course the sensational Erik Karlsson. The big question that this series will answer is whether New York’s speed game can break through Ottawa’s defensive system, and who will prevail among the two Swedish superstars on opposite ends of the ice, Henrik Lundqvist or the aforementioned Erik Karlsson.

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NHL First Round Playoff Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Pat Keogh
April 11 2017 09:00AM

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This is part of a playoff preview series based at  NHLNumbers.com  

It feels strange to say, but the New York Rangers landed in a best case scenario of sorts drawing the Montreal Canadiens for the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with many of Blueshirt faithful eager to avoid either the Penguins or the Caps. Likewise, the Canadiens probably feel good about matching up against the Rangers, hoping to take advantage of the latter’s lacklustre defence. It’s a rematch of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals that saw the Rangers go to the Cup Finals, so depending on your persuasion you’re either hoping for a repeat of last time or revenge.

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The New York Rangers And Their Consistently Weirdly Amazing Backup Goalies

Pat Keogh
March 22 2017 07:00AM

Over the past decade, the New York Rangers have become known or their goaltending. Stolen games, highlight reel saves, and a generally elevated PDO figures have become the hallmarks of the team’s backend. I’m referring, of course, to their exceptional backup goalies.

While Henrik Lundqvist has generally held down the fort as more or less the best goalie of the past ten years, the Rangers have quietly developed some solid backups. Goalie coach Benoit Allaire is to thank for this, masterfully turning diamonds in the rough into, well, diamonds. Although Martin Biron tapered off towards the end of his Rangers career, he was generally solid. Cam Talbot had that wonderful stretch of games while Lundqvist was out with a throat injury, and these past two seasons, Antti Raanta has stepped up to the plate in a major way for the team. 

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Homeward Bound Four: This Time It's The New York Islanders

Pat Keogh
January 31 2017 08:00AM

The New York Islanders may have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a three-year, $10 million extension on Monday, but there was another bit of news that evening that perhaps piqued the interest of Isles fans. 

Bloomberg News reported that people familiar with the financials of the Barclays Center organization have let on that a financial projection shared with potential investors indicates that the stadium, currently home to the New York Nets and a lucrative concert venue in its own right, would make more money without the Islanders. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the fact that the Islanders aren’t set to contribute any revenue after the 2018-19 season is a “clear signal that the team won’t play there”.

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