2. Marian Gaborik's health
He may have entered the Olympic break injured, but what kept Gaborik out of the New York Rangers' game against Tampa Bay and majority of their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins was a freak accident. Other than that one game, Gaborik has been completely healthy and we're again seeing what he's capable of doing when not watching from the press box. Without Gaborik, who knows how much further down in the standings the Rangers would be. He is their offense. With 35 goals and 69 points, the closest Rangers to him on the stat sheet is Ryan Callahan's(notes) 15 goals and Vinny Prospal's(notes) 47 points. In fact, when Gaborik is held without a point, New York is 2-12-3. The fact that he's averaging over 18 minutes of ice time with Slovakia shows that his leg injury shouldn't be a concern when he returns to the Rangers next week.
...i've said it numerous times, Ranger fans would have been happy with 35 games out of Gaborik at this point. So 35 goals has us doing cart-wheels.