2015 New York Rangers Season Preview
The New York Rangers entered last season with hopes of a Stanley Cup, but the Rangers fell just short of a 2nd straight Eastern Conference title. With 3 trips to the Eastern Conference finals, and a trip to the Stanley Cup since 2012, the New York Rangers once again come into the season with a title or bust mentality. The 2015 New York Rangers will feature many of the same faces as last season. Henrik Lundqvist remains the teams premier netminder, and will have to maintain his elite level of play to keep the Rangers in contention for another Eastern Conference title run. Ryan McDonagh also returns as team captain and will lean on his playoff experience to teach new comers Emerson Etem, and Vicktor Stalberg the New York Rangers way. If the Rangers can get strong offensive efforts from youngsters J.T. Miller, and Kevin Hayes, New York has a solid chance of competition with the likes of Boston, and Montreal for the Eastern Conference crown in 2015.
2014 New York Rangers Season Preview
2013-2014 was an exceptional season for the New York Rangers. The Rangers went 45-31-6, finished 2nd in a contender heavy Metropolitan Division, and won the Eastern Conference Championship. The New York Rangers trip to the Stanley Cup finals was the first appearance in the finals for the team since the 1993-1994 season. This success has set the expectations for the 2014-15 season to incredibly high levels for the New York Rangers. In the offseason the Rangers lost some key players with Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle, and Atron Stralman all leaving New York. The additions of Ryan Malone, Tanner Glass, and Matt Lombardi will try to fill the gaps left by those players. It would be hard to argue the Rangers as contenders for the President’s Trophy, but with Henrik Lundqvist in the net, they will be serious contenders once again come playoff time.
2013 New York Rangers Season Preview
The New York Rangers look like a new team, and in charge this season is Michael Del Zotta. Del Zotta replaces the brash John Tortorella, who was fired the week after the Rangers were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. While the Rangers will return Henrik Lundqvist and six defensemen, the forward position is more of a mystery. Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin are coming off big injuries, and the Rangers organization is hoping that prospects Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Chris Kreider can making an impact in the 2013-14 Season. The Rangers have a big nine-game homestand at the Garden, including games against the Devils, Capitals, Penguins and Maple Leafs. The Red Wings come to the Big Apple on Jan. 16, while the defending-champion Blackhawks will visit on Feb. 27.
2012 New York Rangers Season Preview
In the 2010-11 regular season, the Rangers squeezed their way into the Stanley Cup playoffs and nabbed the eighth seed. Although New York lost in the quarterfinals against the Washington Capitals, they plan to make another run for the cup in the 2011-12 season. The Rangers have a number of talented players that make them a real threat in the Eastern Conference. Ryan Callahan will be the 2011 Captain, the first Ranger-bred talent to be so since Brian Leetch. Michael Rupp, Ruslan Fedotenko and Sean Avery will contribute veteran experience to the team in 2011-12 that is hard to rival by other teams in the NHL. In net, the Rangers also have two veteran goaltenders that are arguably two of the best in the league. Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron both have an ample amount of experience that is sure to make this New York team a competitor for the Stanley Cup.
2011 New York Rangers Season Preview
The New York Rangers missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 2003 last season, edged out by the Montreal Canadiens. Rangers fans will be expecting a return to the postseason this year, and there is reason to believe that they may make it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since they took home the cup in 1994. The offense will be centered around the team's captain, Chris Drury. The veteran forward brings steady leadership to the team's front line, and will be joined by right wing Marian Gaborik, who lead the team in both goals and assists last season, with 42 and 44, respectively. A lot will be expected from Sean Avery, Ryan Callahan and Vaclav Prospal to keep the offense running smoothly. The defense has a great deal of potential with a solid combination of established talent and young stars, including second-year man Michael Del Zotto. The Rangers should be in good hands between the pipes, as they will be relying on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist once again. Lundqvist had a solid year last season after he boasted an impressive .921 save percentage.
2010 New York Rangers Season Preview
The New York Rangers should bring some excitement to the Big Apple during the 2009-2010 hockey season. That is because the NY Rangers are one of the best teams in the NHL and could go far in the 2010 NHL playoffs. New York will count on stars Henrik Lundqvist and Marina Gaborik to lead the charge as the Rangers try to match the great seasons of the Yankees, Jets and Giants. Expect big things from the New York Rangers in this year.