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Previewing the East: N.Y. Rangers

Rangers traveled the economic route when it came time to fill holes left by departures

Thursday, 08.28.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Previewing the East: N.Y. Rangers
DETROIT – Ready for some hockey?

Sure you are.

The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the New York Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS
Coach: Alain Vigneault

2013-14 INTANGIBLES
Last Year: 45-31-6, 96 points (fifth in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Rangers: 0-2-1
5-on-5 Goals: 142 (11th in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency: 48-for-264, 18.2 percent (10th in Eastern Conference)

POINT RANGE
2013-14 Stats Vs. Red Wings
Player POS AGE rank GM G A PT. GM G A PT.
Mats Zuccarello LW 26 52 77 19 40 59 3 2 0 2
Derek Stepan C 24 59 82 17 40 57 3 0 2 2
Brad Richards C 34 81 82 20 31 51 3 0 0 0
Derick Brassard C 26 114 81 18 27 45 3 1 1 2
Ryan McDonagh D 25 131 77 14 29 43 3 0 3 3
 
IN THE CREASE
2013-14 Stats
Goalie AGE Rank GM W L OTL GAA SV%
Henrik Lundqvist 32 7 63 33 24 5 2.36 .920
vs. Red Wings
2 2 0 0 0.00 1.000






2014-15 OUTLOOK

Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Nov. 5 (at NYR); Dec. 6 (at DET); Mar. 4 (at NYR).

ARRIVALS:  Forwards Lee Stempniak, Matt Lombardi, Chris Bourque, Tanner Glass, Chris Mueller, Nick Tarnasky; defensemen Dan Boyle, Mike Kostka, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer; and goalie Cedric Desjardins.

DEPARTURES:  Forwards Brad Richards, Derek Dorsett, Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, Michael Haley; and defensemen Anton Stralman, Justin Falk, Raphael Diaz, Stu Bickel and Aaron Johnson.

Boyle
PLAYER TO WATCH: The terms and money made sense for the Rangers to sign 38-year-old Dan Boyle (two-years, $9 million), a quality defenseman, who still skates very well and can fill the void left by the departure of Anton Stralman. Obviously, Boyle isn’t the player that he once was, but he’s a savvy veteran who can smoothly operate the power play as a valuable right-handed shot from the blue line. Boyle will certainly be an added source of leadership among the young Rangers’ D-men.

SEASON SCOPE: For the first time in 20 years the Rangers reached the Stanley Cup finals. Though they lost the series to the Kings in five games, time waits for no team when it coems to free agency, including the Rangers, who were still dealing with the immense pain of losing the deciding game in double overtime. The Blueshirts lost some good players that chose to join other teams, but they didn’t go on a huge spending spree. Instead, they were frugal in their approach to fill needs. Besides signing Boyle, the Rangers re-signed Dominic Moore, an important two-way forward, before going out and getting six other players, including tough-guy Tanner Glass. Later on, the Blueshirts added veteran depth up front by signing Lee Stempniak and Matt Lombardi.

With the departure of several veterans, including third-line center Brad Richards, the Rangers could look to 21-year-old J.T. Miller, the former Plymouth Whaler, to fill the spot. … Expect emerging young defenseman Ryan McDonagh to likely become the Rangers next captain. He is among the league’s best defenseman and a prospective Norris Trophy contender for seasons to come.

2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Buffalo (July 24) Carolina (Aug. 7)
Boston (sep. 11) Columbus (Aug. 21)
Florida (July 29) New Jersey (Aug. 14)
Montreal (Sep. 2) NY Islanders (July 31)
Ottawa (Aug. 12) NY Rangers (Aug. 28)
Tampa Bay (Sep. 4) Philadelphia (Aug. 26)
Toronto (Aug. 5) Pittsburgh (sep. 9)
Washington (Aug. 19)




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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