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2012-13 Predictions

Last night on MSG, Al Trautwig asked Dave Maloney flat out whether he thought the Rangers would make the playoffs.

Maloney said that he thinks that it will go down to the final day of the season and "something funky" like Tampa Bay beating Carolina two seasons ago may need to happen for the Rangers to get into the playoffs.

Maloney also notes that 11 of the Rangers final 17 games come against teams who are in the playoffs right now:

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The day after the lockout ended, Bovada released their odds for the 2013 NHL season.

The Rangers were heavy favorites to win the Stanley Cup at 17 to 2 and favorites to win the Eastern Conference at 19 to 4.

Today, via KK, Bovada has released their mid-season odds and the Rangers are listed at 18 to 1 to win the Stanley Cup.

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Wayne Gretzky is held his annual fantasy camp in Las Vegas last week and was asked by?NHL.com who he thinks will win the Stanley Cup this year.

Gretzky, who correctly picked the Devils to represent the Eastern Conference last season, decided to pick one of his former teams, "I like the Rangers. The New York Rangers seem to be poised. They were a good team and got better. I think they will be a tough team to beat this year and it could be their year."

Gretzky's former teammate Brian Leetch was asked, by NHL.com, about the Rangers start to the season and responded by saying that the slow start is nothing to worry about,'Just relax, relax.' They're a good team and they're going to be fine. There is such a feel of expectation level now."

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In a chat with Steve Serby in the NY Post, Carl Hagelin was asked how hungry he is for the Stanley Cup.

Hagelin responded that he was "starving."

Serby then asked how hungry the team was for the Stanley Cup.

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks spoke with Rangers captain Ryan Callahan who said that the team has put themselves into a position where, as long as they put in the work, the Rangers think the Stanley Cup is in each.

?The ultimate goal is to compete to win the Stanley Cup and I think we?ve put ourselves in position to be able to do that as long as we don?t lose sight of our day-to-day responsibility."

Callahan said though that the team will continue to focus on one day at a time, but in the back of their mind they have loftier goals, ?we need to focus on the day and game in front of us, but we?d like to win our division, we?d like to get home ice and overall we?d like to build on what we started last year, but ultimately didn?t finish.?

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At ESPN.com, they ask 12 of their hockey related personalities, including Pierre LeBrun, Scott Burnside, Steve Levy, Katie Strang, Craig Custance and John Buccigross, to predict each division winner, each conference winner, the Stanley Cup winner and individual award winners.

Six of them have the Rangers winning the Atlantic Division while the other six have the Penguins winning.

Eight of them have the Ranger representing the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final.

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In the latest issue of The Hockey News, they released their revised projections for this coming season:

  • Henrik Lundqvist: 25-10-4 with 5 shutouts, a save percentage of .927 and GAA of 2.00
  • Brad Richards: 16 goals and 29 assists
  • Marian Gaborik: 22 goals and 19 assists
  • Rick Nash: 19 goals and 19 assists
  • Carl Hagelin: 12 goals and 18 assists
  • Ryan Callahan: 15 Goals and 13 assists
  • Derek Stepan: 9 goals and 18 assists
  • Michael Del Zotto: 5 goals and 17 assists
  • Dan Girardi: 4 goals and 15 assists
  • Chris Kreider: 8 goals and 10 assists
  • Brian Boyle: 8 goals and 8 assists
They have the Rangers finishing second in the division, to the Penguins, and fourth in the conference.
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At Newsday, Mark Herman writes that sports simulation company Strat-O-Matic has simulated the regular season and playoffs and has the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Kings.

They have the Rangers going through three seven-game series before beating the Kings in seven games.

The people at Strat-O-Matic though have a track record as they correctly picked the Heat to beat the Thunder in the NBA finals last year.

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Fantasy hockey website McKeens, has released their revised projections for the 48 game NHL season.

For the Rangers, they have:

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Prior to the lockout ending, Michael Del Zotto spoke with Ken Campbell of The Hockey News about how frustrating it was for the lockout to be preventing the Rangers from taking another step.

Del Zotto said that once they got a chance to play, the Rangers would show what kind of team they are.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"Last year we had a great year, kind of exceeded everyone's expectations of what we could do. Being a young team we gained a lot of experience from two game sevens and game six in the Conference Finals. Then bringing in such a big piece with Rick Nash, who is an explosive talent. We are built to do some damage. [/sny-box]

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At ESPN NY, Mike Mazzeo wonders if the Rangers are the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference this season.

While answering the question, Mazzeo writes "why not." He adds "The Rangers appear to have all the ingredients needed to make a run at the Stanley Cup. They?ve just got to stay healthy and score consistently."

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Scott Cullen of TSN has compiled his point projections for the 48 game season that will start on January 19th.

For the Rangers, Cullen has:

  • Brad Richards with 15 goals and 28 assists (43 points in 46 games)
  • Marian Gaborik with 20 goals and 21 assists (41 points in 44 games)
  • Rick Nash with 20 goals and 20 assists (40 points in 41 games)
  • Ryan Callahan with 15 goals and 14 assists (29 points in 42 games)
  • Derek Stepan with 11 goals and 18 assists (29 points in 48 games)
  • Carl Hagelin with 10 goals and 13 assists (23 points in 46 games)
  • Michael Del Zotto with 5 goals and 15 assists (20 points in 42 games)
  • Brian Boyle with 10 goals and 8 assists (18 points in 47 games)
  • Ryan McDonagh with 4 goals and 13 assists (17 points in 45 games)
  • Dan Girardi with 3 goals and 14 assists (17 points in 47 games)
  • Marc Staal with 4 goals and 9 assists (13 points in 42 games)
Cullen predicts Henrik Lundqvist to play 39 games, win 22 of them, have a GAA of 2.14, a .0927 save percentage and 5 shutouts.
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At Puck Daddy, as one of their predictions for 2013 they pick the Rangers to win the Stanley Cup in the lockout shortened season.

They praise the combination of the Rangers scoring, grit, defense and goaltending with Henrik Lundqvist.

They do wonder though if Henrik Lundqvist will be able to handle a deep playoff run as "he?s gotten progressively more porous as the playoffs advance."

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At CBC, Justin Piercy predicts how he thinks the Eastern Conference will shake out if the lockout ends the NHL has it's regular season.

He has the Penguins in first place in the conference, and winning the Atlantic, with the Bruins in second and Hurricanes in the third and the Rangers in fourth place.

On the Rangers, he writes that they could be in position for their "best chance at a cup run since 1994."

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McKeen's Hockey projected the scoring for the top 475 players in the league this season.

The highest ranking Ranger on the list is Brad Richards who is projected to score 25 goals and add 50 assists to lead the team.

For Rick Nash, ranked 46th overall, they have Nash leading the Rangers in goals with 35 and finishing the year with 64 points.

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At The Hockey News, they have the Rangers finishing in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The main reasoning that they have the Rangers finishing second in the division is that the Penguins expect to have a healthy Sidney Crosby all season.

They write, "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."

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The Hockey News Pool Guide (Fantasy Hockey Guide), which was sent to publishers before Rick Nash was acquired, has Brad Richards as the only Rangers player with over 50 points.

They project Richards to finish with 76 and be followed by Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin with 50.

Ryan Callahan is projected to finish with 49, Marian Gaborik 45*, Derek Stepan 45, Michael Del Zotto 37, Dan Girardi 32, Brian Boyle 28, Taylor Pyatt 26, Ryan McDonagh 25, Marc Staal 22, Arron Asham 18, Anton Stralman 17, Mike Rupp 16, Michael Sauer 14 and Stu Bickel 12.

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Brian Costello of The Hockey News tweeted out his predictions for where teams in the Eastern Conference will finish in the regular season.

Costello has the teams in the following order: Penguins, Bruins, Capitals. Flyers, Rangers, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Carolina.

Last season the Rangers finished ONE point ahead of the Penguins in the Atlantic Division and pushed the Penguins to the fourth seed.

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