Official GDT: OTT @ NYR 4/18
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04-19-2006, 01:07 AM
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Well the million dollar question is just how good is the team and how much was everything falling into place.
When they work they looked very impressive, but at the same time we have to wonder if certain team's play of late is a result of them finally catching on to what they need to do in the new NHL.
If that's the case is the Rangers second half more a result of that realization and other team's adapting while the Rangers haven't quite been able to find the same magic?
Right now we really don't know. Maybe the Rangers are a top team or maybe they were just jumped out of the gate really well while other team's learned to adapt.
This series will probably give a good indication.
From my personal perspective, I am sad only because I was waiting for this to happen. All season long I waited for the other shoe to drop because I honestly didn't believe this team was as good as they played and their results were. Now obviously not to the extent that the pessimists thought, but the reality is this team is a complete mystery heading into the playoffs.
Being in NY makes the Rangers harder to judge as well. Most things in NY (including sports) are neither as good as New Yorkers makes them out to be or as bad as everyone outside of NY thinks they are.
Yeah, it's tough to judge this team. But you know what...maybe it's better not to know what to expect from the Rangers going into the playoffs. If they finished 1st in the conference and were the best in the EC, expectations would be extremely high. Then, they go and lose in the 1st round in 6 or 7. That'd be horrible...expectations being so high and then just failing horribly.
Seriously, I'm not expecting much at this point but I AM expecting them to fight hard and have a hell of a series with the Devils. It's Rangers-Devils, ANYTHING can happen. No matter what happens though, I'm going to support this team. 5 game losing streak sucks going into the playoffs, but you could win 11 straight going into the playoffs and get hit out the 1st round too
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