The New York Rangers had one of the more disappointing seasons in the NHL last year, and as the new season gets closer and closer, the Blueshirts and their fans want to flip the script. This started with the Rangers hiring a new coach, Peter Laviolette, who should initiate a culture change from day one.
There’s no doubt that the Rangers have high expectations, even with their first-round exit last year. Moreover, every regular season game will be important: the Rangers are in a Metropolitan Division that is always loaded, and now it boasts the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, and the Rangers, all threats to make deep playoff runs. On top of this, Kyle Dubas has turned the Pittsburgh Penguins into a better team, most notably bringing in Erik Karlsson.
Every game will be important, and the Rangers need to have a strong regular season. Here are the keys to making this come to fruition.