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Die New York Rangers sind das heißeste Team der NHL

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The New York Rangers are currently the hottest team in the NHL. The Blueshirts are sitting at the top of the Metropolitan Division with 79 points, holding a six-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Rangers have long moved past their rebuild phase. Their young players are performing well, the stars are living up to their name, while the veterans are holding it all together. New York has won nine in a row. With a victory over the Flyers tomorrow, the Rangers will break their longest winning streak of 10 from 1939-40 and 1972-73.

Overall, this team should have no trouble qualifying for the postseason. But what happens when they get there should concern fans.

We’ve seen this before: a great regular season where everything seems to be going well—only to fall apart in the postseason.

Take last year’s campaign, for example. New York held a 47-22 record but lost in seven games to rivals New Jersey Devils in the first round. The year before, the Rangers had a 52-win season but couldn’t get past the Tampa Bay Lightning, who beat the Blueshirts in the Eastern Conference Finals four games to two.

But the teams that fell short differ from the current squad—even if some names remain the same. There’s something different about this Rangers roster. So, how does New York go on to win their fifth Stanley Cup?

The offense must produce

The offense has been present during this winning streak. The Rangers have the best record in the sport when leading (38-16-3).

Artemi Panarin ranks fifth in the league in points (78). He is followed by Chris Kreider, who is nearing the 30-goal mark, Mika Zibanejad, and Vincent Trocheck, all with 54 points.

However, in this series against the Devils, we saw moments where the offense stalled. New York was shut out twice—in games 5 and 7. The Blueshirts also only managed to score a single goal in games 3 and 4—losses that overshadowed the outstanding performance of goaltender Igor Shesterkin throughout most of the series.

Belief in the fourth line

Jimmy Vesey is the king of clutch moments. Currently playing in the first line, the former Hobey Baker winner is quick to the puck, physical, and, most importantly, scores goals. He may not stay there—he could return to the fourth line—but he has made an impression.

Speaking of the fourth line, it is anchored by Barclay Goodrow in the middle and newcomers Adam Edstrom and Matthew Rempe, who have had some immediate impact. Both guys are huge, standing at 6’4″ and 6’6″, respectively. Rempe dropped the gloves in his NHL debut in the Stadium Series and has been playing physically demanding hockey since joining the team. Edstrom scored a goal in his first game with the Rangers and has been playing smart hockey by driving pucks deep, using his size to his advantage, and of course, his physicality. The Rangers needed a physical presence since the departure of Ryan Reaves and found it in these two rookies.

Goodrow is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with Tampa Bay. He is not only tough when it comes to asserting himself but also knows what it takes to go far in the playoffs.

Going deep…

How about Jonathan Quick? He joined the Rangers after winning the Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights. He previously secured two with the Kings. And despite his age—38—he is 13-4-2 when stepping in for Shesterkin.

Kreider also brings playoff experience as part of the Rangers team that reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. Although he scored only one goal in this series, the winger has found the back of the net 40 times in his postseason career.

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