Rangers News NHL: The New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad is no longer ill and expects to be 100 percent in 2017-2018.



New York Rangers 2017 Season Preview



A goaltender named Henrik Lundqvist is the main reason the Rangers are as good as they are. As long as he plays the Rangers have a shot.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 9/23/2017.




New York Rangers Line 1 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Chris Kreider
Left Wing
75
6-foot-3-inches
226-pounds
28
25
53
Mika Zibanejad
Center
56
6-foot-1-inches
202-pounds
14
23
37
Mats Zuccarello
Right Wing
78
5-foot-7-inches
179-pounds
15
44
59

New York Rangers Line 2 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Michael Grabner
Left Wing
76
6-foot-1-inches
188-pounds
27
13
40
Kevin Hayes
Center
76
6-foot-5-inches
225-pounds
17
32
49
Rick Nash
Right Wing
67
6-foot-4-inches
213-pounds
23
15
38

New York Rangers Line 3 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Jimmy Vesey
Left Wing
80
6-foot-3-inches
206-pounds
16
11
27
J.T. Miller
Center
82
6-foot-1-inches
205-pounds
22
34
56
Pavel Buchnevich
Right Wing
41
6-foot-2-inches
191-pounds
8
12
20

New York Rangers Line 4 Forwards


Player
Position
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Matt Puempel
Left Wing
40
6-foot-1-inches
205-pounds
3
6
9
David Desharnais
Center
49
5-foot-7-inches
180-pounds
6
8
14
Jesper Fast
Right Wing
68
6-foot-0-inches
185-pounds
6
15
21


New York Rangers Forwards Review: New York has some talented forwards. For some reason they feel thinner offensively then they have been in previous years. If the Rangers do not get back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs it will be due to their offense.


The Rangers ranked 4th in goals scored and 11th on the power play in 2016-2017. I expect the Rangers to get worse in both categories on offense in 2017-2018.




New York Rangers Defensive Lines


Player
Line
Games Played
Height
Weight
Goals
Assists
Points
Kevin Shattenkirk
Line 1
80
6-foot-0-inches
200-pounds
13
43
56
Ryan McDonagh
Line 1
77
6-foot-1-inches
213-pounds
6
36
42
Nick Holden
Line 2
80
6-foot-4-inches
214-pounds
11
23
34
Brady Skjei
Line 2
80
6-foot-3-inches
211-pounds
5
34
39
Marc Staal
Line 3
72
6-foot-4-inches
209-pounds
3
7
10
Brendan Smith
Line 3
51
6-foot-3-inches
211-pounds
3
6
9


New York Rangers Defensemen Review The New York Rangers defense is one of the best in the NHL. The Rangers' ranked 13th in goals allowed and 19th in penalty killing in 2016-2017. The Rangers have a good core of defensemen, but will have to do much better in that category if they want to make the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.




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Starting Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Henrik Lundqvist
New York Rangers
55
31-20-4
2 Shutouts
.910
2.74 GAA

Backup Goalie


Player
Team
Games Played
Record
Shutouts
Save Percentage
Goals Against Average
Ondrej Pavelec
New York Rangers
8
4-4-0
0 Shutouts
.888
3.55 GAA


New York Rangers Goaltender Review Henrik Lundqvist is easily a top 5 goalie in the NHL. They don't have a good backup now though and Lundqvist has declined the last two years statistically despite being a great NHL goalie.




New York Rangers Prospect Pool: The New York Rangers are very thin with their prospect pool. The Rangers need to rebuild their AHL team and get some NHL draft picks up to the minors in Hartford.




New York Rangers 2017-2018 Prediction


The Rangers strength last year was at forward. That's now their weakness. I like the addition of Shattenkirk since it makes this Rangers team three lines deep on defense. Unfortunately their penalty killing struggled last year. Lundqvist has declined statistically the last two seasons as well which is why I say the Rangers will be competitive, but will find a way to miss the playoffs near the end.



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