The 2013-14 regular season was not always a smooth ride for the Rangers. Under first-year head coach Alain Vigneault, and dealing with an extremely difficult schedule on the road during the pre-season and to begin the actual season, the Rangers stumbled out of the gate, losing six of their first eight games and seven of ten. They did not rise above .500 until November 10th, but were stuck a game under .500 as late as December 27th when a 3-2 loss in Washington dropped the Rangers' record to 18-19-2.
From there, though, the Blueshirts turned their season decidedly in the right direction and were one of the best teams in the NHL over the second half of the season. They won six of seven between January 8th and 19th, and another six of seven between January 26th and February 27th, the game following the Olympic break. There was a five-game winning streak in late March, which was also part of a stretch in which the Rangers cemented their hold on second place in the Atlantic Division and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs in which they won eight of ten games.
On the following pages our own Jim Cerny and Matt Calamia look back on 2013-14 and debate the team's Three Stars of the regular season as well as the club's Unsung Hero.