It's interesting. The team, as a whole, is fairly the same as last year. I'd say it all depends on how Nash's addition into the lineup effects the chemistry of the team. If they can click early, then being one of the best teams in the East on paper is a great thing. If Nash can't seem to gel with Richards, or Stepan, or Gaborik early, then it will probably take a while to get the team into the groove they need.
What about the potential of lots of back-to-back games? Biron might have to play a big role as well and towards the end of last season he wasn't spectacular. He'll have to win more than he loses.
Every game will be intraconference and have playoff implications. If the NHL does get their **** together and play a 40-48 game season, then we should be in for quite a treat.
And, as machinehead says, it definitely helps with the Rangers style of play. However, with all those games jam packed into a short schedule, it might be just as grueling as 82.
I think they will excel. A full season is always better for the stronger team as any team can get hot for a short period of time but The Rangers are built solidly and should excel
Now that football is over lets get this lockout over with and play some hockey!
I can't see how it won't be an advantage. Lundqvist and the shot-blocking defense won't get tired.
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It all depends on whether the teams can find a groove and score goals. There also has to be a better transition game than there was last season. Defense is great, but if they can't move the puck out of the zone, having Nash, Gaborik etc isn't going to help as much as it looks like it would on paper.
Should be good. A lot of rust, but we have a decent amount of guys who played a bit.
Healthy Gabs is good news. Less tired Lundqvist is good news. Nash shouldn't have any issue performing even if he doesn't immediately adapt and gel with Richie/Step. He's always managed to score important goals and change the tone of games before. Top O and D guys are the same, with the addition of Nash... no real subtraction.
Curious to see how bottom 6 do as that's changed quite a bit. PK may suffer a bit for a while.
I usually just stick to the OT, and the lockout thread in here, but what the hell I'll give my opinion.
I think the Rangers have a really good chance. I think any team has a chance to get into the playoffs in a 48 game season. Maybe not the Isles, but nobody is safe I don't think. Toronto was in 8th place after 48 games last year, and we know where they ended up. Phoenix was 12th in the West, and won the Pacific in the end.
The Rangers will be in the playoffs no matter what. I'd say that's a given, but I think the 3 month season will help because the team will be more rested after the long playoff run. Lundqvist also does not particularly appear to be prone to rust like Brodeur, and Luongo after sitting for long periods of time.