With the New York Rangers’ 2013 season in the books, it’s time to take a good, hard look at their campaign as a whole.
The shortened season began as a disaster for the Rangers, as they seriously stumbled out of the gate, but a late season push—thanks to trade-deadline retooling—in the final 13 games saw New York finish sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Their dramatic first-round victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 7 had fans believing the Blueshirts could replicate their impressive playoff run of 2011-12, which saw them reach the Eastern Conference Finals. But instead they were bounced in five games by the Boston Bruins.
In truth, their sixth place finish and Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance could be viewed as a fairly successful season, but the results don’t necessarily tell the story. 2013 was supposed to be the Rangers’ year, but it’ll forever be remembered as a season filled with inconsistency, and no aspect of the team’s game—offense, defense, goaltending, power play, penalty kill and coaching—was innocent.
We’ll grade those areas and try to shine some light on how the Rangers came up short in 2013.