RANGERS 36 The Rangers set a playoff futility record with 36 power-play opportunities without a goal. Projected Roster HEAD COACH: ALAIN VIGNEAULT LW C RW 1st Line: Rick Nash Derick Brassard Martin St. Louis 2nd Line: Mats Zuccarello Derek Stepan Lee Stempniak 3rd Line: Carl Hagelin Chris Kreider Lee Stempniak 4th Line: Tanner Glass Dominic Moore Ryan Haggerty D D #1 Dan Girardi Ryan McDonagh #2 Dan Boyle Marc Staal #3 Kevin Klein John Moore G Starter: Henrik Lundqvist Backup: Cam Talbot Scoreboard 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 PLAYOFF FINISH Cup Finals Conf SF Conf Finals Conf QF DNQ REGULAR SEASON 45-31-6 26-8-4 51-24-7 44-33-5 38-33-11 POINT TOTAL 96 56 109 93 87 SHOOTOUT RECORD 4-3 4-4 4-5 9-3 3-4 GOALS SCORED 218 130 226 233 222 GOALS ALLOWED 193 112 187 198 218 POWER PLAY % 18.18 15.69 15.71 16.90 18.27 PENALTY KILL % 85.34 81.08 86.15 83.66 84.28 40 assists, so he is a solid playmaker. Look for center Derek Stepan to produce again, and young left wing Chris Kreider has a bright future after notching 17 goals and posting a team-best plus-14 rating last year. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is a goal-scoring threat from the blue line, and Carl Hagelin can find the net on the wing. Defense Playing in front of Lindqvist can make any defense look good, but the Rangers have a steady crew, especially on its first two tandems, so it isn’t all the goaltender. New York has been in the top five in fewest goals allowed in each of the past four seasons, and that type of play makes it a little easier to have a solid, but hardly spectacular, defense. Even though the Rangers changed coaches last year, they were still fourth in goals against last year, and that solid defense helped carry them through to the Cup finals. The first pairing of Dan Girardi and McDonagh features a solid blend of veteran and rising force and size and speed. McDonagh can carry the puck and isn’t afraid to shoot, while Girardi is more of a steady defensive-minded blue liner. Adding Boyle was a sound move, despite his age. A two-year deal is reasonable for him, since it doesn’t expose the Rangers too much, and he should provide stability and experience, along with Marc Staal, who has good size and the ability to stand tall against enemy forwards. He’s not going to score a lot, but at 6-4, 207 pounds, he’s perfect for the job. Although the club’s decision to re-sign John Moore wasn’t met with a lot of fanfare around the league, it was an important move for New York, which needed to bolster its defensive depth. The 23-year old has good size (6-3, 202) and is a big hitter, as evidenced by the shot he took at Montreal’s Dale Weise in the conference finals last year, a blow that earned a two-game suspension. He’ll be paired with Kevin Klein, who didn’t see a lot of time last year (30 games), but who was solid when he did get onto the ice.
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