WHERE THEY'LL FINISH
The Rangers had the division and home-ice within their grasp until a late-season swoon. This season, they won't sneak up on anyone, but that shouldn't matter as they finish first in the Atlantic and third in the East.
BUZZ FACTORStock up. It's hard to imagine a more positive feeling surrounding the boys from Manhattan after last year's critic-defying successes (we had them finishing 14th before the start of last season!), but it could happen with what should be an encore performance.