G Martin Biron, LW Derek Boogaard, LW Alexander Frolov
C Olli Jokinen, LW Jody Shelley
THE RANGERS never seemed to score when they needed to last year: The Blueshirts were held to one goal or none in 29.3% of their games. That futility, which seems destined to repeat itself, came despite the presence of superswift winger Marian Gaborik, whose 42 goals were fifth most in the NHL. No other New York skater scored more than 20.
That the Rangers, who have won just two playoff series in the last decade, got to within a point of the postseason was the result of a late-season scoring surge as well as the stalwart defending done by King Henrik and his lieges. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist (above), a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist, remains New York's best player, and he'll again be supported by a solid corps of blueliners—veteran Michal Rozsival, shot blocker Dan Girardi and promising youngsters Marc Staal and Michael Del Zotto. Of course, you can't win if you can't score, and unless the Rangers get dramatically improved play out of wingers Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, they won't.
Scott Gordon (3rd season)