With the Rangers stumbling to a 2-5-0 record during their endless early road trip, have they buried themselves too deep in the standings or can King Henrik pull them back up the ranks of the Metropolitan Division?
ESPN Insider Craig Custance assesses the decisions that various teams must make this season on their impending UFAs, including Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, Henrik Lundqvist, Dion Phaneuf and Marian Gaborik.
Craig Custance examines each team in the Metropolitan Division as the NHL realigns. Can the Caps keep up after a quiet offseason? And, even after losing Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson, are the Devils actually trending up?
On the strength of three strong performances last week, San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi vaults to the No. 1 goalie spot. Meanwhile, Winnipeg forward Andrew Ladd joins the skater rankings at No. 6 and Chicago's Jonathan Toews moves up a spot to No. 2.
On the strength of three consecutive wins, Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky vaults to the No. 1 goaltender spot. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis joins the skater rankings and Washington's Alex Ovechkin moves up a spot to No. 5.
Hockey Prospectus releases the latest update in its player power rankings, with San Jose's Antti Niemi rising to No. 1 among goaltenders. Also, Toronto's Nazem Kadri and Boston's Patrice Bergeron climb the skater ranks.
Hockey Prospectus releases the latest update in its player power rankings, with Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky rising to No. 2 among goalies on the strength of his thoroughly dominating week. Also, Chris Kunitz and Patrick Kane climb the skater ranks.
While some have bemoaned a lack of depth on the Rangers' roster, particularly now that Ryan Callahan is injured, Neil Greenberg explains why the Blueshirts should soon put their slow start behind them.