On this edition of Five on Three, Anthony Pucik, Matt Moro and Tara Sledjeski discuss the upcoming All-Star Game, what their favortie part of the weekend is and who they would draft first if they were captains of a team. Also, they look back on the first half of the season for the Rangers, Islanders and Devils.
When the Rangers traded Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash back in the summer of 2012, they anticipated receiving the left wing that averaged over 30 goals a season. In his first two seasons with the Blueshirts, however, Nash only scored 21 goals in the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign and 26 last season where he only played 65 games due to a concussion. But this season, the Rangers might finally be getting the Nash they have been expecting.
The New York Rangers 45-31-6 record was good enough to earn them 96 points and second in the Metropolitan Division. This put them in the playoffs for the fourth straight season and their eighth appearance in the last nine seasons. However, this is the first season the Rangers will be in the playoffs under new head coach, Alain Vigneault.
The New York Rangers have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL lately. Over their last ten games they are 7-2-1 and are the winners of three in a row after a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals Sunday night. As a result of their recent winning, they find themselves second in the Metropolitan Division.