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05-15-2012, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by irishlaxburger2 View Post
I think match-ups had a lot to do with.

I know I didn't want the Rangers to ever face the Pens in the playoffs.

Philly was a match-up nightmare for Pitt. Devils were a nightmare match-up for Philly. And I think the Rangers have a favorable match-up in the Devils - well at least compared to Ottawa and Washington who give us fits.

Who knows what will happen in this NYR/NJD series though. Far from over.

It is all about Matchups and styles of play. The only 2 teams I was worried about going into the Playoffs as a Rangers fan was Pitt, Was, and Ottawa. Because of their Match-Ups and style of play. NYR struggled against Pitt and Ottawa all year. They also don't do well vs teams that play a D-first system very much like themselves like St. Louis. Washington became that type of team with Dale Hunter. They were actually playing "our game" better than we were in certain stretches last series.

Now.....vs Philly, we just Matchup better. They try to push the pace, play an up-tempo style, and we shut them down relatively comfortably. This is why we were 6-0 vs the Flyers.

This series is far from over......but I like our chances.

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