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Given the way the New York Rangers started the season, it's incredible to see how bleak things have become on Broadway.

A Blueshirts team that posted 10 wins in October has just one this month with February past its halfway point. The Rangers won their first five games this year and went 10-2-1 in the season's initial month, but it's been a steady decline since then with the bottom completely falling out recently.

New York's power play ranks 28th in the league, Chris Drury is on pace for 48 points, Nikolai Zherdev is back to being Nikolai Zherdev and Henrik Lundqvist can't fudge it for this team forever.

All this must have GM Glen Sather asking one thing: is Sean Avery in game shape yet?

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TEAM

LW

OVERALL

L10

THE SCOOP

1

5

37-17-3

8-2-0

Won a 1-0 duel with the Bruins, then a 6-5 goalfest with the Sharks

2

2

37-12-8

6-3-1

Pavel Datsyuk is the league's quietest superstar

3

4

36-16-5

6-2-2

Mike Green injects all kinds of fun into the NHL

4

1

39-10-8

5-2-3

Too good and deep not to pull out of this recent nosedive

5

9

30-16-9

6-4-0

Mike Richards scored while his team was killing a 5-on-3 for the third time in his career, setting an NHL record

6

3

37-8-9

4-2-4

One win in their last seven, but this feels more like a character-build than a real sign of trouble

7

8

33-18-5

5-4-1

Mike Cammalleri had a two-goal game on New Year's Eve and has 15 goals in 19 games in 2009

8

6

31-15-8

6-4-0

Hopefully Patrick Sharp wont' be sidelined too long with his knee injury

9

19

28-23-5

6-3-1

Get ready for a March with meaningful games, Jackets fans

10

18

27-26-3

7-3-0

Barry Trotz just always keeps this team competitive

11

7

27-21-7

7-3-0

Consistent production from rookie Fabian Brunnstrom would sure help down the stretch

12

11

28-20-8

7-3-0

Must be happy they resisted the urge to move Tomas Vokoun when Craig Anderson was hot. Vokoun has been awesome in the second half

13

10

29-22-6

5-4-1

Unless Pens find themselves, Sabres look strong enough to stay in the East's top eight

14

21

27-21-8

5-2-3

Feisty Ryan Kesler has 11 points in his last seven games playing with Mats Sundin

15

12

28-25-5

5-5-0

Can a team that gets hammered by Atlanta be a real contender?

16

13

28-24-5

6-4-0

Eric Staal has three points in his last two games; he needs to be a point-a-game player to push this team into the post-season

17

17

24-22-8

7-2-1

Only one loss in their last seven on the road, but have dropped two straight at home where they need to be better

18

23

28-23-4

5-4-1

39-year-old Dwayne Roloson has been on top of his game this year, especially of late

19

15

28-24-3

5-5-0

Blowing a three-goal lead against the Sens had the feel of a season-defining setback

20

26

21-25-8

5-4-1

Four straight wins for a team that's clicking under a new coach

21

14

30-21-6

3-5-2

One win in their last eight and that was in a shootout

22

16

30-21-6

3-7-0

Should play the Rangers for the Crash Cup

23

27

23-25-7

5-2-3

Andy MacDonald has 21 points in the 19 games he's gotten into this year

24

20

27-25-5

4-5-1

Axe finally falls on Michel Therrien, to absolutely nobody's surprise

25

25

21-25-10

4-3-3

Jason Blake has 11 goals in his last 13 games; unfortunately, he also has three years left on his $4-million a year contract. Hard to believe anybody would be willing to take that on

26

28

26-30-1

3-7-0

Paul Stastny, who's been out since Dec. 23, could make his return this week after fracturing his forearm

27

22

19-26-11

4-5-1

Firesale could break out at any moment

28

24

25-27-5

2-8-0

Young team finding out second-half wins are harder to come by

29

29

20-32-5

3-7-0

Bryan Little and Todd White both broke out of slumps in an 8-4 thrashing of Anaheim

30

30

16-33-6

4-4-2

Is it April yet?

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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