Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Preview: A Look at the New York Rangers

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May 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), right wing Martin St. Louis (26) and the rest of the Rangers pose with the Prince of Whales trophy after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in game six of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

In Conclusion…

The New York Rangers don’t score goals easily. Relying on Martin St. Louis, Mats Zuccarello, and Rick Nash to carry the load on offense is simply not enough to compete in the East.

But, the Rangers possess the puck well. They have an elite star in goal. And, this team has playoff experience and momentum heading into the new season.

Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers players react after losing to the Los Angeles Kings in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

With strong goaltending, strong leadership, and the puck on their sticks more often than their opponents’, the Rangers are a lock for a playoff spot and maybe a playoff run as well.

Predicted Standings: 42-30-10, sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Loss in second round of the playoffs.

Want do you think, Toronto Maple Leafs fans? Are the New York Rangers likely to repeat last season’s success? Let us know in the comments below.

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