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08-14-2013, 06:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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The 11-12 Rangers were an extremely likeable team and their success was very enjoyable to follow, but they also caught a ton of breaks.
The teams in the NHL have become so close in skill that skill only amounts to 24% of the outcome, the rest is random chance.
In 11-12, a lot of random outcomes were in the Rangers favour and an above average team (average + Lundqvist) was propelled into #1 in the East and an ECF loss.
In 12-13 (only regular season) a lot of random outcomes went against the Rangers and dropped a top team into #6 in the East.
In the playoffs however, the Rangers were playing legitimately mediocre, which IMO overshadows their reg. season play. But I still believe that was due to Tortorella making sure that the team wasn't putting one skate outside the borders of his system, which he allowed to some extent in the reg. season.
I don't buy it. The playoffs are about attrition and defense. Ottawa was a team built to play an attrition game. The Rangers eventually knocked them out playing with an injured Gaborik, Boyle and with Hagelin suspended for 3 games.
Washington not so much an attrition team but they had numerous big, gritty forwards and got a great performance out of their goalie.
New Jersey as well an attrition team with lots of larger players. The Rangers were beaten territorially--not by skill.
The Penguins--the team with the most skill got smoked by the Flyers that year and smoked by the Bruins this year.
The Rangers played 20 games of grind it out hockey in the 11-12 playoffs and fell short but that was what it was going to take to get to the finals--grind it out hockey. The Bruins that made it in 12-13 were more skilled but also play a grinding physical style. All those teams the 11-12 Rangers, Devils--the 12-13 Bruins played a grinding physical brand of hockey with variations of skill and it's important if you play like that that you're always able to roll 4 lines--that those lines build or keep momentum from shift to shift. Bringing in guys like Halpern, Pyatt, Powe did nothing for that. Not getting Kreider up to speed also hurt. The Rangers lack of depth hurt the team all season long more than their lack of top end goal scoring.
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