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The Ottawa Senators nabbed the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference last season with 92 points in 82 games. That works out to an average of 1.12 points per contest, which equates to roughly 53 points in a lockout-shortened 48-game season.
In 2010-2011, 93 points was enough to grant the Blueshirts the final playoff spot, which is on pace with the Sens last season. In 2009-2010, 88 points sealed the deal, which is a little off the 1.12 mark set by the Rangers and Sens in previous years. Using this math, we can assume that the mid 50s is a reasonable target to earn a playoff spot again this year.
The Rangers led the way in the Eastern Conference last season with 109 points, which works out to about 63 in a 48-game season. So if the Blueshirts are the contenders we believe them to be, 60+ points should be the goal.
You’ll notice there isn’t much of a gap between the 63-point pace that might win the conference and the 53 points projected to make the postseason. In a lockout-shortened season, every point gained means much, much more. Every point lost means much, much more.
There are no throwaway games, especially with virtually every match likely to be within the conference. Each game has a four point swing in the playoff standings. As mentioned above, each point put between the Rangers and the ninth seed is worth much more. No one wanted this lockout, but there’s no doubt that the drama and intrigue surrounding a shorter year will be something to behold.
One other note: the extra points attainable in shootouts and overtime could make an enormous difference this season.
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Per Jim Cerny, both Chris Kreider and Matt Gilroy are skating at “camp” today. While Kreider was an expected Whale camp invitee, Gilroy’s status was always a bit up in the air. With his inclusion in camp, two things are assumed: 1) Gilroy will likely get an NHL contract when the league resumes business as usual on Sunday (this could be dependent on how he performs at camp...
Hat tip to Downeaster for some of this information. I will get more into the 2013-14 cap in a subsequent article, but wanted to focus on this yearâs cap and current roster given the news that Wade Reddenâs contract cannot be buried in the minors with the Rangers getting cap relief.
Everyone first thought that that the two buyouts afforded as part of the soon to be ratified...
Many NHL players were excited over the lockout ending, but this was definitely the funniest interaction that took place.Hahahaha. Bingo @hlundqvist30. You’re the man Hank.— Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) January 7, 2013Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette is all about the self-deprecating humor so he clearly loved this chirp from Henrik Lundqvist. The NHL training...
Bret Cyrgalis at the New York Post reports that during his first day back with his Rangers teammates, Chris Kreider took a puck to the face necessitating three or four stitches.
Apparently, during a 3-on-1 drill, he just missed taking a pass and lunged forward, and the puck deflected off the stick of Anton Stralman sending it quickly into his upper lip.
Here's the damage...
Connecticut recalled forward Andrew Yogan back to the AHL today, which is a move that was likely made due to Chris Kreider’s impending departure for the NHL. Yogan was originally sent to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL on November 29 after missing the majority of the season to that point with injuries. In the 15 games since his demotion, Yogan put together a scoring line...
On Tuesday, Cosmopolitan released their 2013 list of hottest hockey players. Apparently, the way they decided to create the list was to have their readers nominate a hottie from each team.
So, the Rangers representative is obviously Henrik Lundqvist...right? I mean you can't have a hottest hockey player list and not include Hank. Right? I guess you can, as teammate Brian...
Does Kreider deserve to make the opening night roster?
I’m writing a musings article. That can only mean one thing: the lockout is over. Who else thought the Gary Bettman ‘apology’ fell on deaf ears? Show of hands? Thought so. On to the musings.
TSN had an article earlier this week titled: “Leafs stand to benefit from new CBA”. Of course, this is presumptive from TSN. When...
It only took five months, but Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik finally practiced on a line together during informals today.
Here's Nash on playing with his new teammates...
“It’s fun to play with them, it seems like they always find you. We’ve got to make sure we get some chemistry quick. We’ve got to figure...
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According to a source of The Boston Globe, the Bruins will open their abbreviated 48-game post-lockout season Jan. 19 against the New York Rangers at the TD Garden. The game is said to be a 7 p.m. start, although that had not been confirmed.
Since after that point the Celtics do not have another home game scheduled until Jan. 24, a Jan. 21 game against the Maple...
Marek Hrivik, who many speculated would get a long look at camp (well, under normal camp) is out with a concussion. This could be one of the reasons why Hrivik may not be invited to the Rangers mini-camp this year. However with camps set to occur during the AHL season, and lasting only a week, it is unlikely that the Rangers would call up the majority of Connecticut’s roster. Chris...
Joining the workouts today are @martybiron43, @mgaborik10, @chriskreider and Matt Gilroy
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 9, 2013
Here's the glorious proof of Kreider's camp presence (via NY Rangers)...
...with the way Kreider has played for the Whale this season, I'm assuming he couldn't get to Rangers camp quick enough.
Bergen Record - NHL lockout gave Rangers' Marian Gaborik time to heal shoulder injury
Bergen Record - Gross: Will NHL season be short on quality?
New York Post - After the lockout, Gaborik has health & high expectations
New York Times - Owners Give Approval and Offer an Apology
Newsday - Kreider knows he still must earn a roster spot
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Bergen Record - Henrik Lundqvist ready to work
New York Post - Rangers’ Lundqvist amped for run at Cup
New York Times - An Official Vote, and an Unofficial One
Newsday - Lundqvist: 'I don't feel great out there'
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Well folks, it is finally over.
With a new CBA agreement in place, we can now look forward to what should be a very interesting New York Rangers' season. With a shortened season and the Rangers known for being a streaky team, a good start out of the gate could end up leading to something special for the Blueshirts.
What's interesting is that after the 1993-94 season...
A day after Bryan Murray's first radio interview in months, Paul MacLean joined TGOR this morning as part of a whirlwind tour that saw him appear on Team 1200 as part of the Senators media blitz that is taking fold, trying to drum up and generate interest in a NHL product that has left such a sour taste in the mouths of fans. Fortunately for the Senators, MacLean comes across...