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The New York Rangers are one of the six founding teams of the National Hockey League. Dating back to their creation in 1926, the Rangers have been a NHL institution. Most of the team’s success came in the early years of the franchise. Three (1928, 1933, 1940) of their four Stanley Cup victories came within 15 years of being in the league. Their most recent and memorable Stanley Cup victory was in 1994. 

Despite being one of the original NHL teams, success did not come easily for the Rangers. During the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, the Stanley Cup would remain elusive for the Rangers. The lone bright spot being two Stanley Cup Finals appearances in the 1970s. Meanwhile, they would watch as their crosstown rivals, the New York Islanders, created a Stanley Cup Dynasty in the early 1980s. 

Even without the same number of Stanley Cup victories as the other five original teams, the Rangers have been an integral part of the NHL. The franchise has produced some of the most exciting games in the NHL as well as some of its best players. Legends like Phil Esposito, Gilles Villemure, and Rod Gilbert all wore the sweater of the Rangers. In the modern game, stars like Brian Leech, Mark Messier, and Mike Ritcher entertained diehard Rangers fans at the Garden. 

New York Rangers Timeline:

  • 1926: Rangers are one of the founding teams of the National Hockey League
  • 1928, 1933, 1940: Stanley Cup victories
  • 1968: Rangers move into MSG
  • 1994: NY Rangers win the Stanley Cup against the Canucks

NY Rangers At MSG

The New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden go hand in hand. The “World’s Most Famous Arena” has been the home ice for the Rangers since it’s opening in 1968. The arena has played host to numerous memorable events but none more special to Rangers fans than what happened on June 14, 1994. The 40 year Stanley Cup drought was over as the Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks (4-3) to claim victory on their home ice. 

NY Rangers And Their Rivalries

Both history and geography factor into the numerous rivalries for the Rangers. As one of three NHL teams in the New York City area, the Rangers, Islanders and New Jersey Devils compete bitterly for NY/NJ hockey supremacy. 

As one of the other six original NHL teams, the Boston Bruins continue to be a main rival for the Rangers. This rivalry is just one of many sports rivalries between teams from New York and Boston. Despite this bitter rivalry, the Rangers and Bruins made a trade in 1975 to bring future Rangers legend Phil Esposito to the Garden. 

With no love lost between New York and Philadelphia teams, the rivalry between the Rangers and Flyers is one of the best in sports. On the ice, the Flyers maintain a 161–147–37–9 all time record over the Rangers. 

2020-2021 NY Rangers Season

With 79 regular season points, the Rangers under second-year head coach David Quinn squeaked into the 2019-2020 NHL Playoffs. Facing the Carolina Hurricanes in a neutral location, the Rangers were quickly eliminated 3-0.

With their attention now on the 2020-2021 season, the Rangers will have to address key issues on offense and defense. The Rangers rank among the lowest in the league in Goals Per Game. Sitting with the number one overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Rangers can make a big splash to improve their offensive numbers. Meanwhile, there are over a dozen free agents the team will have to take a close look at including Matt Beleskey, Ryan Strome, and Jesper Fast. For NY sports bettors, it could be an interesting next season. 

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