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12-30-2003, 04:16 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
I think that JR makes a point, Dedalus. I know, JR knows, you know that the Rangers are just not that good right now. They are hovering around the .500 mark and cannot seem to get far past it. However, I believe that JR's point is that the Carolinas and Anaheim's of the world were doing the same thing in the past several years.
JR is right on when he says that a hot goalie is the difference in the playoffs. That has been proven year-in, year-out. Philly's may be a better team than us, however their goaltending situation has sunk them every single season since Hextall was a rookie. Clarke has done nothing to fix this. Unless you consider Hackjob a goalie a team can ride. Evidence is to the contrary.
Ottawa is also a better team than us. However, what they are is that they are the ultimate hockey *****. I've been saying that for the past 3 years. Looking pretty in the regular season is one thing. Winning in the playoffs is quite another. And everone's darlings, the Senators, have not shown that they have what it takes to win in the playoffsl They have not shown that they can give what is necessary to give in order to win.
Toronto is also a better team than us. However, the 4 games that we just played against them were closer than they look. First of all, at least 2 of the first 3 games were decided by refs. Those first 3 game were easily the most one-sided refed games that I may have ever seen. Toronto did win all 4. But at least in 2 of the first 3 games, they were playing in a game against a team (the Rangers) that was playing with one arm tied around their back. I, for one, was thouroughly unimpressed by what the 'Leafs had to offer.
So, yes, call me crazy but I truly believe that IF the Rangers make the playoffs (ONE HUGE IF), they would give any of those 3 teams a run for thier money.
No point in discussing the Devils as they are in a different statospehre than us. However, the Isles just beat them 3 times in a row. Would you consider the Isles a better team?
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