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04-10-2012, 10:31 AM
Join Date: Sep 2005
Disrespected by experts.... Vegas had Ottawa at 30th in the NHL. And those odds were real... it involved money not just a few reporters talking out of their ass.
Disrespected by experts is where the Senators have been all season. Does it mean the Sens beat the Rangers? Nope! But experts are silly. There is such parity in the NHL now that the 8th seed Sens who are mostly healthy are not far off the first seed Rangers. To me it is a pick em series. I read that some posters here think it will be an easy 4 or 5 game series. Unlikely I think. The Rangers have been so well coached and in the Canadian Media they say the Rangers have been playing playoff style hockey all season under Torts... they say it like it is a bad thing and the Rangers are rife to lose. It is clearly a good thing.
However the Senators have played from behind all year. They have played playoff comeback style all season long. They started terrible, they were picked to be terrible and they came back... the start of them marching toward a playoff spot happened early when they started coming back from being down in the third, again and again, even in the last minutes. Ottawa has been streaky but they had some bad losing streaks and came back and started winning again.
Anderson is not as good as Lundqvist... but he is solid and outstanding at times. He keeps the Sens in every game he plays. He is the most SOLID goalie the Sens have ever had (though Hasek for a half season was the best). Karlsson is among the most talented players in the world. He might be solved for a game or two but he is competitive as they come... he won't be shut out. Spezza, Alfredsson, Phillips, Gonchar, Neil are proven playoff warrior players. Been there done that... they won't be intimidated.
Ottawa won't give up easily if down a couple of games in the series. They won't go quietly. They have a better offence then the Rangers... they are not out of any game even if down 2 or even 3 goals.
This will not be an easy series for the Rangers. They may not even win it. They may.. they are a better team but not by as much as some might think. Could be the best series of the playoffs. Both teams have been playing playoff like hockey for most of the year. Maclean is from Detroit, he knows how to win and he knows how not to panic. Torts is a warrior and has won it. Both teams are filled with hard nosed competitors.. it is not going to be a finesse battle.
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