In the NY Post, Larry Brooks predicts the Rangers to finish in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and fall to the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Mark Everson picks the Rangers to finish in seventh and Brett Cyrgalis picks them to finish in fourth.
Brooks lists the Rangers eleventh in his power rankings.
The NY Times thinks that the Rangers will finish fifth this season.
Elliotte Friedman joins Brooks in picking Henrik Lundqvist to win the Vezina trophy.
At Puck Daddy, of the six people making predictions, all had the Rangers in the playoffs, three had them finishing second in the Atlantic, three in third place and finishing anywhere from fourth to seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Justin Bourne predicts the Rangers to finish in 12th place.
At ESPN.com, John Buccigross picks the Rangers to win the Atlantic Division. Craig Custance and Scott Burnside pick Lundqvist to win the Vezina. Linda Cohn schockingly doesn’t pick the Rangers to win the Atlantic or the cup but does pick Ryan Callahan to win the Selke trophy.
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At Puck Daddy, they list the odds that have been set for awards in the NHL this season.
For Ranger players, they have:
- Tim Erixon at 10-1 for the Calder
- Brad Richards at 30-1 for the Hart, 45-1 for Art Ross
- Henrik Lundqvist at 8-1 for the Vezina
Marc Staal is not listed for the Norris and Marian Gaborik is not listed for the Rocket Richard.
I would put some money down, not a gambler, on Hank at 8-1. I would not however put money down on Tim Erixon since he is currently not with the team.
At USA Today, the Rangers are ranked 13th in their first installment of their power rankings.
In their predictions, two of the twelve people asked, including USA Today’s Kevin Allen pick the Rangers to win the Eastern Conference.
One picked Henrik Lundqvist to win the Vezina Trophy.
Fair predictions and placement to start the season, IMO. Just like a lot of teams, there is a lot of hype around them and the Rangers need to show everyone that the hype that is surrounding them is fair and something that they deserve. I would bet that we see a lot more predictions of the Rangers winning the Atlantic before the week is out.
At ESPN.com, Scott Burnside list 10 things you need to know about the Rangers as part of his season preview for the team.
Among the topics that he touches on are Henrik Lundqvist, Brad Richards, the defense and Marian Gaborik.
The defense is certainly a big topic with the uncertainty of Marc Staal, Michael Sauer’s injury and the readiness/preparedness of players like Tim Erixon, Michael Del Zotto and Brendan Bell.
At USA Today, Kevin Allen picks the Rangers to win the Atlantic Division.
He says that if Brad Richards puts up close to 90 points the Rangers could have a shot to win the division for the first time since 1994.
Allen lists Derek Stepan as the Rangers player to watch and thinks that he could get close to 60 points with the proper amount of ice time.
Well, the hype has been coming and coming over the last few weeks. If Richie goes for over 90 the Rangers will be in very good shape. I also love Stepan this year. He will work his way into getting a lot of ice time.
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Not so sure about this. Certainly seems like Mats Zuccarelllo will replace Feds on that line, Feds will drop down and Rupp will be on the left side of Derek Stepan. Sean Avery just doesn’t seem to figure into the starting lineup. Del Zotto and Tim Erixon also will probably switch spots on here.