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01-27-2013, 03:05 PM
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eco's bones
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I think it could be pretty much assumed that at least 2 out of the 3 of Rupp, Asham and Bickel are going to be in the lineup every night and for rather obvious reasons. The Rangers aren't going to be icing a lineup that cannot defend its own. Whether or not a good % of the posters here don't like it is besides the point. We are not the Florida Panthers--the Rangers expectations--being seen as an elite or championship caliber team makes them a target or a team that other teams see as a real test to compare their own progress--beyond that there is bad blood between the Rangers and a number of other teams in the East--the Flyers, Isles, Devils, Penguins, Bruins. We don't want Girardi and Callahan defending Gaborik from Sestito or Clarkson. Short term memory of some. Remember Chris Neil's impact on last years 1st round of the playoffs--Carkner pummeling Boyle?

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