An inside look at the New York Rangers

NHL.com offers an in-depth list and analysis of predictions and fiction for each of the league’s 32 teams from August 8 through September 8. 8. Today, the New York Rangers.

The New York Rangers considered the Stanley Cup a goal and realistically optimistic about their chances of winning it for the first time since 1994.

Rangers finished second in the Second Division last season with 110 points and reached the Eastern Conference final before being eliminated in six games by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“We are in a great position,” said coach Gerard Gallant. “I love what we did last year. We had a great season. Everything was fine until we lost Game Six against Tampa Bay. Now we have to get better, get better. We want to have the chance to win the Stanley Cup like 31 other teams, but I think Legitimally we are a good hockey team.”

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Galant’s optimism begins with the knowledge that the Rangers have won the Vezina.

Igor Shesterkin He blew the field last season for the award that went to the best goalkeeper in the NHL, picking up 29 of 32 first-place votes after going 36-13-4 in 53 games and leading the NHL with a 2.07 goal-for-average and. 935 savings rate. He also placed third in the vote for the Hart Award, which goes to the NHL’s Most Valuable Player.

Chesterkin won 10 of 20 Stanley Cup playoffs games with a 2.59 GAA and 0.929 save percentage, resulting in all goalkeepers appearing in at least eight games.

“It’s great to have this player in the pipes and we expect the same kind of goal-shooting from him this year,” Gallant said.

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Rangers’ success against Shesterkin can be determined by the growth of several young players who took important steps last season, particularly in the playoffs.

kabu kaku (21 years old) and Alexis Lavrinier (20) He can fill the first six front group that already has left wings Chris Crieder And the Artemi Banarinand centers Mika Zibanjad And the Vincent Trochek.

Barring a sudden change, Kreider will start the season on a streak with Zibanejad, and Trocheck and Panarin will be together as well.

“We have to put the people on the right side who are going to play in the front rows,” Gallant said. We love these kids [Kakko and Lafreniere]. Both have had massive seasons. Last season, since the second half, I thought they were excellent. They have made great strides. This is what we will expect from them again. They have the opportunity to spend many years.”

New York signed Trochek to a seven-year contract on July 13. He replaced the 29-year-old, who had 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 81 games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Ryan Stromwho signed with Anaheim Ducks as an unrestricted free agent.

Philip Shettlewho will complete the 23rd on Sept. 5, is expected to resume his role as the center of the third line after the postseason outbreak.

Chettel scored seven goals in 20 play-off matches, having scored eight goals in 67 games in the regular season.

“It was the most I’ve come to expect from myself during the season,” Sheetil said of his success in the playoffs. “Finally in the playoffs it clicked and I’m finally playing at the level I expected before the season. It was a great experience to play with confidence.”

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Much of Chytil’s success in the playoffs came when he was playing with Kakko and Lafreniere. Gallant said New York’s “Baby Line” could reunite this season.

Sami Place And the Vitaly Kravtsov They are also candidates to play with Chytil in the third line or anywhere in the top nine attacking group. Barclay Godro It is an option too.

Blais didn’t play after tearing his right ACL against the New Jersey Devils on November 14, when he was in front row with Kreider and Zibanejad.

“It looks great,” Gallant said. “They say it’s one hundred percent.”

Kravtsov, No. 9 in the 2018 NHL Draft, spent last season playing in Russia after failing to get the NHL roster out of training camp.

“He will get a chance to come here and be a good player for us,” Gallant said.

Rangers’ best defense couple is set with Jacob TroupTheir new captain has been named this off-season, and they are expected to reunite with him Kandrey MillerAnd the Ryan Lindgren back with Adam Fox.

Braden Schneider, who will complete 21 on September 20, became a top-six defender last season after being called up in January. New York has a chance for a third husband partner for Schneider.

Zack Jones (21), Nils Lundqvist (22), Libor Hajk (24) and Matthew Robertson Gallant said that (21) would compete in the training camp for the job, adding that he doesn’t care if he’s a younger player as long as he’s NHL ready.

Jones (22 games), Lundkivst (25) and Hayek (94) all have NHL experience. Robertson does not.

“Let’s go to training camp and fight for that job,” Gallant said. “That’s it. Make us want to keep you there.”

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