At the halfway mark of their season, the New York Rangers are the team to beat in the National Hockey League.
They sit atop the Atlantic Division, the Eastern Conference and are a point ahead of the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks...with four less games played.
The Blueshirts’ active offseason raised expectations for the season, but it’s safe to say that not many people (outside New York) had this team doing this well.
So how is NYR maintaining a pace that would give them their highest season point total since 1994? Here are the NHL’s top awards (along with some unofficial awards) applied solely to New York at the team’s midway point...