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Henrik Lundqvist shows his frustration after being substituted against the Philadelphia Flyers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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Henrik Lundqvist shows his frustration after being substituted against the Philadelphia Flyers. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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?

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
L10
THE SCOOP
1
New Jersey Devils
5
37-17-3
8-2-0
Won a 1-0 duel with the Bruins, then a 6-5 goalfest with the Sharks
2
Detroit Red Wings
2
37-12-8
6-3-1
Pavel Datsyuk is the league's quietest superstar
3
Washington Capitals
4
36-16-5
6-2-2
Mike Green injects all kinds of fun into the NHL
4
Boston Bruins
1
39-10-8
5-2-3
Too good and deep not to pull out of this recent nosedive
5
Philadelphia Flyers
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
San Jose Sharks
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
Calgary Flames
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
Chicago Blackhawks
6
31-15-8
6-4-0
Hopefully Patrick Sharp wont' be sidelined too long with his knee injury
9
Columbus Blue Jackets
19
28-23-5
6-3-1
Get ready for a March with meaningful games, Jackets fans
10
Nashville Predators
18
27-26-3
7-3-0
Barry Trotz just always keeps this team competitive
11
Dallas Stars
7
27-21-7
7-3-0
Consistent production from rookie Fabian Brunnstrom would sure help down the stretch
12
Florida Panthers
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
Buffalo Sabres
10
29-22-6
5-4-1
Unless Pens find themselves, Sabres look strong enough to stay in the East's top eight
14
Vancouver Canucks
21
27-21-8
5-2-3
Feisty Ryan Kesler has 11 points in his last seven games playing with Mats Sundin
15
Anaheim Ducks
12
28-25-5
5-5-0
Can a team that gets hammered by Atlanta be a real contender?
16
Carolina Hurricanes
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
Los Angeles Kings
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
Edmonton Oilers
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
Minnesota Wild
15
28-24-3
5-5-0
Blowing a three-goal lead against the Sens had the feel of a season-defining setback
20
Ottawa Senators
26
21-25-8
5-4-1
Four straight wins for a team that's clicking under a new coach
21
New York Rangers
14
30-21-6
3-5-2
One win in their last eight and that was in a shootout
22
Montreal Canadiens
16
30-21-6
3-7-0
Should play the Rangers for the Crash Cup
23
St. Louis Blues
27
23-25-7
5-2-3
Andy MacDonald has 21 points in the 19 games he's gotten into this year
24
Pittsburgh Penguins
20
27-25-5
4-5-1
Axe finally falls on Michel Therrien, to absolutely nobody's surprise
25
Toronto Maple Leafs
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
Colorado Avalanche
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
Tampa Bay Lightning
22
19-26-11
4-5-1
Firesale could break out at any moment
28
Phoenix Coyotes
24
25-27-5
2-8-0
Young team finding out second-half wins are harder to come by
29
Atlanta Thrashers
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
New York Islanders
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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