So, At What Point Is It Ok To Start Believing We Can Compete For The Cup This Year?
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12-27-2011, 06:37 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
The Bruins don't match up well against the Rangers. I remember reading this last March after the Rangers beat the Bruins in Boston
In essence the Rags and B’s are very similar hockey clubs, and the Bruins have experienced serious difficulty piercing New York’s collapsing defense over the last three seasons with the same cast of roster characters for both sides.
The Bruins have pretty clear strength and toughness advantages over either Montreal or Tampa Bay, and that’s a huge point when the playoffs reward teams with those attributes around the net. The Rags are Boston’s equal in many of the brawn and bruising categories, and block more shots than any other team in the NHL in front of their All-Star goaltender.
The big bodies like Brian Boyle, Brandon Dubinsky, Wojtek Wolski up front and a defensemen corps that’s all well over 6-feet tall and 200-pounds isn’t going to be rag-dolled by the Bruins.
If and when the B’s do manage to maneuver their way through New York’s layered defense, Henrik Lundqvist and his NHL-leading 11 shutouts will be crouched in wait to make the saves as he did while snatching Rich Peverley’s top shelf wrist shot out of thin air in the third period.
Lundqvist has long been a dominant force against the Bruins between the pipes, and that was again the case on Saturday afternoon. There’s no reason to think that would any different in the playoffs where the B’s would no longer have a discernible advantage in the goaltending department.
That was pretty obvious when Lundqvist remained calm and tall between the pipes while stopping 12 shots in the third period during a frenzied assault by the Black and Gold.
Because the Rangers tend to strictly execute their defensive system, hustle and grind their way through blocking shots in front of the net, they are the worst kind of B’s adversary: the team that simply lets the Bruins sleep without waking the sleeping bears.
Hopefully Staal and Sauer can return. Staal(knock on wood)should be back when he gets his conditioning back. Eminger too. Throw in Girardi,McDonagh and MDZ.
Wolski needs to get his career back on track. The free agent list stinks. The rentals are lousy. Unless Ruutu is your cup of tea,there isn't much there with so many teams in the playoff hunt. The deadline is 7 weeks away and the playoff race will remain the same with 40 days left in the season. The Rangers can not take on contract/salary past this season with the CBA expiring.
Trade deadline day is overrated. Boston could have won without Kaberle last season. The Cup winners haven't added a major piece at the deadline in order to win. Those teams were built in the summer and stayed that way for most of the season. A little tweak here or there but nothing earth shattering.
The 1994 Rangers were exception to the rule. Different league back then. They didn't added major pieces but they took a risk messing with team chemistry.
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