9/1/18| Craig Custance spoke with a number of people around the NHL and had the Rangers listed in the fourth tier of teams labeled "just outside the bubble." (The Athletic)
Custance spoke with an executive that said that while he doesn't think the Rangers can win the Stanley Cup, they could be a team that surprises people.The Athletic)
The Sports Forecaster Magazine has the Rangers finishing last in the Metro.
Henrik Lundqvist said earlier this week, "I still believe if we can have a really strong team, a strong year, overachieve a bit, we can make some noise and try to get into the playoffs. People talk about rebuilds, how long it will take. Vegas was a great example of how when you get the pieces right, the right attitude you can turn things around fast, build a team fast but it's about getting the right pieces and making sure it glues together. It's exciting and nerve wracking at the same time to go into a season like this where there are a lot of question marks and start with yourself and preparations and make sure you are ready for when it's time."
Lundqvist added, "I want to stay here, I still believe that we can turn this around pretty fast. My goal is to win in New York. That is what pushes and drives me the most and I want to believe that it can happen before I retire."
8/22/18 | The Hockey News Yearbook issue has the Rangers projected to finish 7th in the Metro, ahead of the Islanders.
They have their odds listed at 80-1 to win the Stanley Cup.
It is not clear where they have the Rangers finishing overall in the league standings.
The Hockey News also recently released scoring projections for this season.
They have Winnipeg defeating Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Final.
Adam Rotter: The path to the playoffs for the Rangers involves their being five teams from the Metro making the playoffs and only three from the Atlantic. Unless guys like Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey all take monster steps, Henrik Lundqvist is healthy and Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson battle for the Calder, the Rangers best shot at the playoffs will come with that last wild card spot. Most, if not all publications and projections, will have the Rangers listed at the bottom of the Metro but the real question will be how far down in the overall standings they will be. The Rangers still have talent up front, as well as Lundqvist in net, and I think that at some point, if not for a while, they will be around the final wild card slot. Even if the Rangers sell guys off at the deadline again, they may accumulate too-many points in the first 2/3 of the year to end up in the bottom five. One or two injuries could change that though and put the Rangers near the bottom and with a better chance to land Jack Hughes.