In an effort to answer that, I found the best thing to do is not to try at all. It IS for all intents and purposes probably the most frustrating season in recent memory. Here's the facts- you have a world-class netminder, 2 sure fire hall of famers up front(jags and shanny), 2 very good/execellent centers (dru and gomer) the biggest pest in the league (avery), the total pro (straka), and a collection of young and hungry guys at forward and def, not to mention 2 rising stars in Dubinsky and Staal.
Rather than try and predict which team will show up to play, I will predict a few senarios that will play out on broadway between now and playoff time.
#1 The NYR wake up from their sleep and surge ahead possibly winning the Atlantic with Jags and Drury having monster stretch runs, and going deep in the playoffs (dare I say the Cup Final)
#2. They continue to play jekyl and hyde, barely edging out Washington, Boston or Atlanta for the 8th seed. Maybe they win a round or 2 behind some stellar play by Henrik, Drury and Gomez but in the end fall short.
#3 They simply fall out of contention and fade into oblivion like some many NYR teams of the past
#4. The front office has seen enough of Jagrs tired act, trade him and in return get guys who can be effective down the stretch, fire Renney, Hire Bob Hartley and Go on to win the Stanley Cup................I like this on the best, but realistically it will probably be more along the lines of #2!