Are the Surprising New York Rangers Built to Last?

December 8th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

Are the New York Rangers for real? Or are they as genuine as that Rolex you can buy for $20 on a Times Square street corner? 

The answer is: it depends.

This much has become evident about the NHL in 2016-17—there are no great teams. The Detroit Red Wings of 1995-96 are in no danger of having their all-time victory record for an 82-game season (62) eclipsed by this crop of teams. In a large measure, that's a compliment to the NHL of today.

The salary cap, though it has killed the buzz for trade-deadline day and practically ended dynasties, has created a more socialistic league. The wealth is distributed equally, and we have parity as a result. Everybody has a shot, though some more than others.

The Rangers look like a team that can win in the more spread-the-wealth league of today. Nobody is that much better than anyone else.

For a while, however, it looked as if the Rangers might run away and hide from the rest. But the pack in the Eastern Conference is more jumbled up close to the top than it was earlier.

The Rangers were 4-5-1 in the previous 10 games entering Thursday's mat ...

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