Read: The Rangers At The Top Of The Eastern Conference

At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance answers a question about how good he thinks the Capitals will be this season and says that he has the Rangers, pending Marc Staal is healthy, and the Penguins ahead of the Caps.

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I like the Caps a lot this season since they added some nice grit and most everyone expects Alex Ovechkin to dominate again. A lot of people seem down on Tampa Bay, but I wouldn’t bet against Steven Stamkos, Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier. I still see the Rangers finishing in either sixth or seventh, maybe fifth, but not much higher than that. Maybe I just don’t want to raise my expectations that high, but I still see some teams that are better and that they finish behind.