Rangers Roundup: Georgiev’s trade value, playoff odds, power rankings and more

The New York Rangers are in Chicago to take on the Blackhawks for game two of their set. This isn’t a home-and-home series because after the Blueshirts 3-2 win at MSG Saturday, the Hawks took down the Islanders in a shootout on Sunday.

Starting in goal is Alexandar Georgiev, who may also get the nod tomorrow at home against the Colorado Avalanche.

“There’s no decision made yet,” Gerard Gallant said yesterday after practice. “Georgie is obviously going to play tomorrow then we’ll see from there. I’m just trying to take it one day at a time.”

Georgiev’s trade value

Yesterday, I released the 2021-22 NYR Trade Tiers and placed Georgiev in the likely to be moved category.

The 25 year-old pending RFA, is 3-1-1 this season with a 3.58 GAA and a .876 SV%.

“I don’t really want to talk about the last two weeks,” Georgiev said. “Not much playing time and things haven’t gone the best, but at the same time I’m happy that I got a chance to play, happy that I got a chance to win games. That’s most important for us.”

For the netminder, this is a prime opportunity to raise his value around the league. It’s been well documented that he’s been on the block and hasn’t received much interest. Although he’s denied it, Georgiev has been looking to get out for quite awhile.

We’re told that Georgiev has wanted out since the 2020 bubble, when he thought his work at the club’s pre-tournament summer camp had earned him the starting assignment for the qualifying-round series against Carolina.

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One thing is for certain, Chris Drury is in no rush to trade Georgiev at this time. I doubt he would even move him this season unless a suitable backup or upgrade was available at the deadline. With the Rangers holding his rights, a draft day deal makes more sense.

Playoff Odds and Power Rankings

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Dec 4, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Per the website MoneyPuck, the New York Rangers chances of making the playoffs is at 98%, the highest of all teams in the NHL. Some additional odds have them a 47.4% to win the Metro, and a 6.3% chance of winning the Cup.

Taking a look at some of the Power Rankings around the league, the Blueshirts continue to climb the charts.

Here’s how they rank:

  • NHL.com 8th
  • The Athletic 9th
  • ESPN 10th
  • NBCSports 10th
  • MoneyPuck 10th

Despite the Rangers having 35 points (4th in the NHL) and a Points% of .761 (2nd in the NHL), it seems that the experts just haven’t bought in on if the team is real or not.

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