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August 15, 2019
By StatementGames Team

Does The 2019-20 New York Rangers Lineup Get Them OVER 44 WINS?

In looking at the eight NHL Eastern Conference teams that made the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, all of them had at least 44 WINS & 98 PTS.  According to The Hockey Writers, the NYR roster is ready to be set in stone with forward lines of:

Line 1: Panarin, Zibanejad & Buchnevich
Line 2: Kreider, Strome, Kakko
Line 3: Namestnikov, Chytil, Kravtsov
Line 4: Lemieux, Howden/Anderson, Fast

Projected Defensive Pairings & Starting Goalie

Pairing 1: Jacob Trouba (R) and Brady Skjei (L)
Pairing 2: Tony DeAngelo (R) and Marc Staal (L)
Pairing 3: Adam Fox (R) and Libor Hájek (L)
— Brendan Smith (R/L)

Starting goalie — Henrik Lundqvist
Backup goalie — Alexandar Georgiev

… does this roster have 44 WINS and 100 PTS?  Chris Kreider holds the answer to this question.

Chris Kreider Will Be The Key To The New York Rangers Compiling OVER 45 WINS & 100 PTS.

Prior to the Kevin Shattenkirk buyout the Rangers were about $4.1 million over the NHL’s 81.5 million salary cap.  In the short term, the Rangers won’t trade forward Chris Kreider who in our opinion… is the determining factor on NYR being a playoff team or a team that needs another year to rebuild.  Should Kreider be traded, it will be done in an effort to acquire more assets that will assist with the rebuilding process.

In an August 9, 2019 New York Post article – it was reported that Chris Kreider received a lukewarm vote of confidence from team president John Davidson.  “I totally expect him to be in camp.  It’s hard to make promises. Things change, but Chris is a valued member of the New York Rangers and I look forward to him having a great camp and a great run with us.  He’s got one year left, and that should be a whole lot of importance to him to come in and have a great camp and a great year, and we’ll just see where it all goes.”

Kreider posted 28 goals last season, and his 52 points was one fewer than his career best.  We just get a feeling that should he be moved, Ranger fans will label him as the One-Who-Got-Away.

What are your thoughts on Chris Kreider?  Keep him or move him for even more assets?

 

 

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