New York Rangers: 5 Keys to Winning the Atlantic Division

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New York Rangers: 5 Keys to Winning the Atlantic Division
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The New York Rangers made possibly the best move of any team in the NHL this summer by bringing in Brad Richards from the Dallas Stars, but they'll need to do much more if they want to finally move out of the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings.

The Rangers have missed the playoffs just once since the lockout, when they missed the cut by one point in 2009-10. However, each time they have made it, they've been the lower seed in their first round matchup. 

People like to say that home ice advantage doesn't matter that much in the NHL Playoffs, and the last few years have produced some evidence to support that, but it certainly can't hurt. 

The Rangers need to finish in the top half of the Eastern Conference so they don't have to play the Washington's and the Pittsburgh's of the world in the first round. That way, they'll have a better chance to advance deep into the playoffs.

In order to get a top four seed and establish themselves as bona fide Stanley Cup contenders, they'll have to win the Atlantic Division. 

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