New York Rangers: After years of retooling with expensive past-their-prime veterans, the Rangers finally went young and, even with significant injuries to important players, this team, while not among the league's elite, is on the rise and making its fans happier than they've been since perhaps the Gretzky-Messier reunion season 14 years ago. Along with familiar names like Lundqvist, Gaborik, Drury and Avery, the new stars on Broadway include All-Star Marc Staal leading a young defense corps; big Brian Boyle, a surprise goal scorer; tenacious Ryan Callahan, the soul of the group; and Brandon Dubinsky (currently injured), a top line center and leader. An excellent road team (17 wins), the Rangers lead the league in hits and hits in opposing teams' arenas. They're far from perfect and aren't always defensively aware, but no team works harder game in, game out. The Rangers are almost never out of a contest, evidenced by their league-best seven wins when trailing after two periods.
...reading the last two lines truly makes me proud to be a Rangers fan and has me so stoked for the future of this franchise. Just another reason why Torts should be the leading candidate for coach of the year.
...h/t to reader icycup.