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The Rangers opened the season 3-4-0. Sure, it’s not the start everyone had envisioned, especially with both Ryan Callahan and Chris Kreider out with injuries, but it’s only marginally worse than last year’s 3-2-2 start through seven games. That start included four games against non-playoff teams. This year the Rangers played the Penguins twice, the Flyers twice, and the Bruins twice. That’s six games against playoff teams.
If you told me that the Rangers would be 3-4-0 after this seven game stretch, I’d take it. I may not like it, but it’s a lot better than what could have been. In the month of February, the Rangers will play 12 games, nine against teams that missed the playoffs last season. Sure, the Lightning (two games) are 5-1-0 to start the season, but for comparison’s sake, the Islanders are 4-2-1. That’s not a slight against the Lightning, but hot starts fade.
Using last year as a barometer, the Rangers still went 0-1-1 in their next two games before re...