Last week, The Hockey News announced, in their annual yearbook, that they predict that the Rangers will finish in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Today, as they countdown where teams will finish, they explain why they put the Rangers seventh.
They say that the Rangers “One of the best defensive teams in the NHL last season backed by one of the game’s elite goalies in Henrik Lundqvist, the young blueline led by Marc Staal and Dan Girardi will take another step forward in 2011-12” and that they can’t be worse after addressing their biggest need, with Brad Richards, in the offseason.
They pick Washington, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, Buffalo and Tampa to finish ahead of the Rangers.
I have the Rangers finishing in sixth this season. I think that they will finish ahead of Buffalo, but behind Tampa and in what will likely be a close race for seeding and positioning.
Right now, where do you think the Rangers will finish this season?