NEW YORK RANGERS
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Regular Season Record: 43-30-9, 95 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 0-3-1
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1994
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1994
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Scott Gomez (2), Chris Drury (1)
A reason to cheer for the Rangers: As the Giants, Yankees and Broadway Blueshirts have shown in the past, there's nothing quite like a ticker tape parade in New York City. There are always high expectations on New York teams in the postseason, and they can even add a bit of swagger to any playoff campaign. And believe it or not, there are hockey fans out there who would love to see Sean Avery hoist that Cup.
What They Bring To The Table: On paper, the Rangers have as much fire power as any team in the league. But the offence has been mediocre at best with the team tied for second last in the league in total goals (tied with the Islanders and in front of the Avalanche). Since firing head coach Tom Renney and replacing him with John Tortorella in February, the Rangers' win-loss record went to 12-9. Not an impressive mark, but given that the club was coming off its tenth loss in 12 games, something had to be done. High profile free agent signings Chris Drury and Scott Gomez were producing at a sub-par rate earlier in the season, but have since turned their game around. The Rangers added Nik Antropov and Derek Morris at the trade deadline and also brought back No. 1 bad boy Sean Avery into the mix. Whether it's on the scoreboard or under his opponent's skin, he could be a big difference maker. In goal, there are few goaltenders in the league better than King Henrik.