Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 8/23/12
In their yearly preseason predicitions, The Hockey News has the New York Rangers finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference and second in the Atlantic Division to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Blueshirts will finish fourth, not so much because they won’t be as good - with Rick Nash and Chris Kreider for a full year, they’ll improve offensively - but because the Penguins will be that much better with a healthy Sidney Crosby. Henrik Lundqvist remains the heart of the team, but he won't need to be a game-saver on most nights as a better offense in front of him will take a lot of the pressure off. The additions up front are obvious, but the 'D' will be better, too, another year of experience in the pocket of Michael Del Zotto and Ryan McDonagh. Post-season positioning won’t matter much, anyway, for a team that is built for another long, tough playoff run and was tied for the best road record last season. 

THN also has New Jersey finishing 11th and the New York Islanders as basement dwellers, finishing dead last.

(H/t to reader David T.)
  • It's true the Penguins are better than the Rangers with a healthy Crosby. The problem is Pittsburgh isn't 100% guaranteed they'll have a healthy Crosby for a full season. I don't disagree with THN's prediction, however it's no slam dunk Pittsburgh wins the division. 
  • The fan in me loves reading both the Devils and Islanders will have sub-par seasons.

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