Saturday, August 14, 2010

THN Prediction: NYR Finish 13th In East

The Hockey News is doing their annual prediction of how teams will finish in each conference.They have predicted that the Rangers will finish 13th in the Eastern Conference in 2010-11, with only the Islanders (14) and Panthers (15) finishing lower.
Why: Missing the playoffs on the last day of the regular season must still be stinging the Rangers and it won’t help we’ve slotted them in at unlucky No. 13 for 2010-11. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is about the only reason the Rangers are still afloat and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes Marian Gaborik will make it through another season untouched by injury.
There's no way that the Rangers will be contending for the Cup come next June unless they do something incredibly drastic. But, at the same time I certainly don't see them finishing this low in the regular season standings. Are they a playoff team? Well, that definitely remains to be seen but looking at the current roster even having a horrid season I'd be shocked if the Rangers finish less than 11th and I can certainly see them making a serious push for one of the final playoff spots. Then again, teams that finished below the Rangers last season like Atlanta, Toronto and Tampa have all improved.

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