While everyone is talking about the Montreal Canadiens and their hot goalie Carey Price, there is another team in the Eastern Conference who is making a quiet push early to become the team to beat.
While Montreal is stacked with good talent and an excellent goalie, they rely on Price being in net. Al Montoya the backup goalie has struggled this season. He was the goalie who allowed 10 goals to be scored by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
However, the Rangers have taken a page from the book of recent Stanley Cup winners, more recently, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers have stacked their team with good goaltending, depth and speed.
The Rangers have added players such as Jimmy Vesey and Michael Grabner to their team and with their players all relatively healthy, the Rangers have worked on their line depth.
The Rangers are currently first in the Metropolitan division. Their record is 12-4. It is very early in the season, but the impressive number is the differential. They are actually a plus 29. For those not hockey savvy, that means the Rangers are not only winning games, they are blowing out their opponents.
To compare that to the point’s leader, Montreal right now, Montreal is currently 13-2-1 but their differential is only at plus 19, but they lead the league in points. Again its early way too early in the season to even think about President Cup front runners. Montreal started off great last year, then Price went down and they did not even make the playoffs.
The Rangers look like a completely different team. The added depth has all four lines producing and their third line has combined for 24-points (12 goals and 12 assists). They are no longer relying on their top players to score and goalie Henrik Lundqvist to stand on his head to make saves.
The Rangers should be a team to keep an eye out for, even if you aren’t a fan. They look like a more complete team than they have in years, but as hockey fans know, the long season can get to a team. It’s not how you start the season, it’s how you finish.