We legitimately have a chance at the Cup. No?
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04-05-2011, 01:34 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
I think alot of people will be surprised how far the Rangers will go into the playoffs. I see no reason why we are not capable of reaching the finals. The Stanley Cup is another matter, but I really believe we have a better chance of reaching the finals than anyone else in the east. Here's why.......
We are the hardest working team in the east. If you lay your body down in front a Chara bomb, time after time, you automatically are crowned this title. Case closed. But if that is not enough, our grinding and never say die style always wears down our opponents. Being relentless is a recipe for playoff success.
We have the best D in the east. All five infront of Hank know how to play, in their end. And if a shot does reach the net, we have the best goal stopper in the league.
Don't underestimate how strong we are defensively. We have a +35 goal differential, and it's not because we have a high powered offense. True, we have scored more goals this year (Tied for 12th in goals scored) but it is our D that makes this stat possible.
These are the 2 most important factors a team must have for playoff success.
Other factors like match ups, injuries, home ice are on the low end of the scale.
But even if we investigate these factors, The Rangers look even better.
Match ups.... Beat Boston last 2 times, Philly last 2 times, Pitt last 2 times, Caps last 2 times.
Injuries.... played well without Gabby, Cally, Prospal, Drury, nuff said.
Home ice.... One of the best road records in the league.
Of note... A couple of regular season stats that could be a factor in the playoffs.
28-0 when leading after two periods.
Hanks 11 shutouts.
I keep thinking back when Detroit won the Cup. Great D and playing as a unit of one. All five skaters playing as one. The Rangers might not have the skilled players Detroit had and has,... But I do see the same kind of unity, commitment to play hard, and play as a team to do whatever it takes to win. This team just gets it.
It will not be easy, but i think we have a real chance to represent the east in the finals.
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