April 25, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) loses the puck in front of the Carolina Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis (31) during the 3rd period at the PNC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: The Metropolitan Division

Typical result from an Islanders Rangers game. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers will embark on a new adventure this season as they welcome Columbus, Carolina and Washington to their division this season, as the NHL decided to do some realignment (all because of that team in Atlanta moving to Winnipeg to become the Jets).

So what will this season bring for the Rangers? Well for one they’ll see Washington a lot more than usual (4 times) during the regular season. And we’ll see the Columbus Rangers a lot more during the regular season as well. The reunion of Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Exiron, and Marian Gaborik should have Garden faithful buzzing. A quick thank you might come from the Garden crowd, but a quick change of heart will happen. They will boo them since they are the opposition.

But, the Rangers will see familiar faces in New Jersey, that other team from New York (who thinks they deserve all the attention — after one good season), as well as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The Rangers know how difficult their schedule usually is with those four other teams, but adding three new teams to the mix – should make this season all the more interesting.

This brings me to my question: What team in the new Metropolitan Division should the Rangers worry about the most. Voting starts below, and comment on which player or players from the team you selected you’re most worried about.

Happy voting.

Which Metropolitan Division Opponent Should the Rangers Worry About?

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  • Andy Graziano

    Obviously the Pens, with their offense, remain the class of the division but I can honestly see the Caps, Isles and Rangers battling for the next two secured playoff spots come the end of 82 games.

    • Centerman

      If you’re talking about what team the Rangers should worry about. The Pens are pretty much a 1 or 2 seed at worste. The Caps will have a chip on there shoulder collectively. They went out and found their 2nd line Center in Grabovski so I expect them to pick up where they left off at the end of last year. They value the neutral zone a lot and use a Forecheck to turn the play towards your end quickly. They have a couple young Centerman in Pereault and Johansson who have another year of experience. To me if Holtby is even decent. They’re a top 4 team in the Met this season.

      Lookin forward to seeing you in NY Ranger colors at seasons end tho!

      • Andy Graziano

        Might be waiting a little bit for that photo my friend. But if it comes to that, I will hold up my end of the bargain that’s for darn sure. And I will surely make sure my son does the same. haha :p

        • Centerman

          If I were an Islander fan, I’d be worried about the goaltending. Nabakov played above his ability last year. At least at this stage of his career and at least in the regular season. He was always average for the Islanders but last year he had one last harah in him and it got those NYI into the playoffs. They could always score but keeping the puck out of their net was a problem. Defenseman have improved but are not quite there yet. I doubt Nabakov plays all out again in a full season and Poullin isn’t ready just yet, tho he might be a stud. The Blue line is still young. Another year together will be good. Maybe next year, they’ll be ready to play at an elite level. This NYI team can win with what they have there now. It would take everything to go perfect tho. They should have brought Boyes back. He fit in well there. Need more from Grabner. I liked when Staal played the triangle between his legs last year when he was on a breakaway. I hope he had a cup on for that game.

  • Kyle

    I went with the Devils. it’s clear the Pens are a big time rival and powerhouse team so we already know what to expect from them, but don’t sleep on New Jersey. I am not saying the Devils are bad or great, but with the loss of Kovy it definitely hurts. With that said, Schenider is a good goalie and could steal games for the Devs and bring them to the top 3.

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