Looking back at our 2011-12 Puck Daddy staff prognostications, none of us picked the Rangers to finish lower than third. However, none of us picked the Rangers to finish first, either. And right now, they're leading the Eastern Conference with a 22-8-4 with 48 points.
What's gone right? Some expected heroes, some happy accidents. Here are seven reasons why the Rangers are the beasts of the East.
1. Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Lundqvist and also Henrik Lundqvist
He's been the foundation, the backbone and the hero for this franchise since the lockout, keeping average teams in the playoff hunt. This is an above-average team in front of him, and Lundqvist has been even better: 1.95 GAA, .936 save percentage and a 15-7-4 record.
Lundqvist can be a slump-buster or someone that can keep momentum building. He lost one start in November, winning eight. He hasn't suffered three consecutive regulation losses since Feb. 27-March 3 of last season; and that was only the second time it happened in ...