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04-05-2013, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by -31- View Post
I guess the only big difference is that Calgary is about to miss the playoffs for the 4th straight season while the Rangers have made it 6/7 years.

They remind me a lot more of the 1999-2004 Rangers.
Calgary was a 9th-10th place team the past 3 yrs, going all in praying and hoping Kipprusoff carried the team on his back.

The 2012 Rangers and 2004 Flames are similar - two runs that gave both organizations a shaded view on 'only being one piece away' from winning it all. For many years, various centers Langkow, Conroy, Jokinen and Lombardi were tried to find Iginla the elusive #1 center and when they did make the playoffs, they played an extremely safe system to help out their goaltender and pray to grind out wins with bounces and PP goals.

The Flames at one point had 'the best defense in the league', which was crowned to the Rangers during the offseason. Except Phaneuf and Bouwmeester were far more highly touted than any Ranger defenseman.

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