Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 10/1/11
The Rangers, on paper, are a pretty solid team.  They have elite talent on the top line, they have great forward depth to back it up, they have an elite goaltender, and a shut down defenseman.  They have a great penalty kill, a solid clubhouse with some leaders, and a team seemingly willing to do whatever it takes to win.  Hockey, however, is not played on paper.  A lot of things need to go right for the Rangers to go far this year, but there are five things that are crucial to the overall success of the Bluehirts this year. Stay Healthy: This one goes without saying, but health is already something that is hurting the Rangers.  Marc Staal, the best defenseman on the team, is out indefinitely with post concussion symptoms.  Mike Sauer just sprained his shoulder.  Those two injuries alone decimate the Rangers defensive unit, and there isn’t much in terms of top four defensemen ready to fill in if one is out long term.  Ryan Callahan is good for one injury a year with his style of pla...
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