Adam Kimelman at NHL.com looks at the teams that failed to make the playoffs last season and why they could make it this year...
Why they could get in -- Despite their offensive struggles, the Rangers still went into Game 82 with a chance to make the playoffs, so the talent clearly is there. Frolov should be hungry to return to the goal-scoring form he had earlier in his career with the Kings, plus he's working on a one-year contract. The biggest acquisition, however, could be Biron. While his numbers didn't look good last season with the Islanders, Biron is a competent, veteran goaltender who will make the locker room a better place just by his presence. Also, coach John Tortorella will have the confidence to play Biron 15-20 games during the season, which will make for a more rested Lundqvist -- and when Lundqvist is on his game, there aren't many better in the League.
...the East will again be up in the air so expect the Rangers to be battling for the last two or three spots. Assuming health will be the biggest factor as to whether they make it or not. No Gaborik for a long stretch will mean no playoffs.
While Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy writes about why the Rangers won't make it.
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