Two years ago, the New York Rangers hoisted the white flag of surrender to all. The Broadway Blueshirts admitted it was time to cut payroll, gut the roster and totally rebuild from the front office down to the minor leagues. Last year was a throwaway year for New York with the NHL betting lines. However, this year there are signs that the Rangers may be ready to make a post season bid. For the New Jersey Devils the pressure of climbing back into playoff status is large after their massive fall back to the pack in 2018-19. But the start of the new season has been ominous.