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01-12-2012, 01:19 PM
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Beast of the East; Bruins or Rangers?

Sabres captain, Jason Pominville says the Bruins are the beasts of the east. http://tiny.cc/eicx7

The question is: Do you think the Rangers can beat them in a seven game series.

I say if the Rangers get the goaltending, they have a shot -- home ice is a must.


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they haven't played each other yet...jan 21st we'll get to see how they match up against each other.

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January 21st.

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Sabres captain, Jason Pominville says the Bruins are the beasts of the east. http://tiny.cc/3rm4b

The question is: Do you think the Rangers can beat them in a seven game series.

I say if the Rangers get the goaltending, they have a shot -- home ice is a must. (See Stanley Cup Finals).
Uh...the Bruins won the Stanley Cup Finals by winning on Vancouver's home ice.

Have to see a good Rangers/Bruins matchup to decide, and I don't believe we have. Also, I think injuries and suspencsons will play into the cup winner this season, much like they did last season (Bruins remained pretty healthy and suffered no significant suspensions).

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You have to give the nod to the Bruins right now, at least until the 2 teams actually play each other (Jan 21). The Bruins have proven that they can play at a high level for an extended period of time, whereas my Rangers haven't yet. Both teams are structured very similarly, and any series between them would most likely be a bloodbath.

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I think we have to have a physical edge that should prove decisive in the playoffs if it's the Rangers.

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I've watched both teams play a lot this year and Boston might be in a class all by themselves in the East...4 Balanced lines, Defense, toughness, goaltending....They have it all.

Bruins by a fairly wide margin.

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While I'm looking forward to the Jan21st matchup, it's just one game at this point and personally I won't put much weight into it.

Rangers have done well against them in recent history. So if the Rangers win, I'm not going to be thinking that could definitely beat them in the playoffs.

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Boston is good, they are very good, but there are 5 or 6 teams that could knock them out the playoffs. Some of names on this list would surprise other fanbases:

Montreal, Carolina, New York, Washington would be the big-4 IMO. For whatever reason these teams always play Boston tight.

Less likely: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Florida would be the next level. IMO these 3 do not match up as well as the first 4.

Doubtful: Ottawa, Toronto. Both of these clubs might/should make the playoffs. Both do not match up well against Boston.

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I don't think any team can challenge the Bruins in a 7 game series. It's the best team since the lockout.
I'm not even a Bruins fan but a big fan of their Style!

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As a Rangers fan I still think Boston is the beast of the east as of now. They have been dominating teams and are the defending champs.

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January 21st.
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We will find out soon.

I hate the Rags just as much as the next guy, but I respect the hell out of that team.

That's all you guys get. I'm taking my tire pump and leaving.

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Bruins only because they have proven they can remain competitive even with key injuries/suspensions. I fear if Gaborik ever got injured badly the Rangers season would go down the tubes.

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I think the key here is a 7 game series-regular season games don't always tell the story, but it is hard to even make a prediction, both teams are playing pretty solid right now.

I have looked forward to the Ranger's game for a while since they tend to be a fairly tough team as well. Also Hank gives the B's fits-he is generally good against the Bruins.

Also, I tend to think the Bruins play better with physical teams than the more finesse teams.

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As a Rangers fan I still think Boston is the beast of the east as of now. They have been dominating teams and are the defending champs.
+1 from a Ranger fan also.

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Bruins for now, but the Rangers aren't far behind. They are both strong teams.

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Rangers are winning, Bruins are dominating.

Theoretically Boston should win a playoff series between them, but both are so strong defensively that the outcome might be decided by luck, more or less.

There's also the possibility that the Rangers find Boston's achilles heel this year, but we don't know anything about that until they actually play each other.

If they meet in the playoffs I'd say, at this point, it's probably 50-50 or like 52-48 in favor of Boston.

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Rangers are winning, Bruins are dominating.

Theoretically Boston should win a playoff series between them, but both are so strong defensively that the outcome might be decided by luck, more or less.

There's also the possibility that the Rangers find Boston's achilles heel this year, but we don't know anything about that until they actually play each other.

If they meet in the playoffs I'd say, at this point, it's probably 50-50 or like 52-48 in favor of Boston.
Theoretically, in every playoff series, don't both teams have a 50-50 chance?

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Theoretically, in every playoff series, don't both teams have a 50-50 chance?
Haha, you never know!

But the 1st seed SHOULD have the upper hand on the 8th seed in the first round, theoretically Not that the teams discussed would meet in the first round this season anyway.

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You have to give the nod to the Bruins right now, at least until the 2 teams actually play each other (Jan 21). The Bruins have proven that they can play at a high level for an extended period of time, whereas my Rangers haven't yet. Both teams are structured very similarly, and any series between them would most likely be a bloodbath.
Pretty much how I feel. The Rangers would be a more than formidable opponent in the playoffs. They always seem to beat the Bruins, too. Would be an incredible ECF.

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I've watched both teams play a lot this year and Boston might be in a class all by themselves in the East...4 Balanced lines, Defense, toughness, goaltending....They have it all.

Bruins by a fairly wide margin.


Oh, Jim. Don't let your bias shine through or anything.

These are two very well matched teams up and down. Bruins have a bit more physicality to them, but the Rangers are better at moving the puck up and down the ice. Should be a fun series if they play. I would say Bruins win in 6 or 7 as of right now.

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Theoretically, in every playoff series, don't both teams have a 50-50 chance?
Yes but Bruins can beat the opponent in so many different ways. They will win the 2nd cup but this time with ease.

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Haha, you never know!

But the 1st seed SHOULD have the upper hand on the 8th seed in the first round, theoretically Not that the teams discussed would meet in the first round this season anyway.
Haha I get what you mean, just giving you a hard time.

The two clear favorites in the East are the Bruins and Rags, clear and away the best two teams in the conference right now as Pittsburgh can't stay healthy, Montreal is under performing big time and Philly missing Pronger and problems with Bryz in net, I don't think Florida is for real, one and done come playoff time if they even make it, same with the Caps as usual.

If these two were to meet I think it would be an awesome series, but also a low scoring one as both teams have great defenses and two of the best goalies in the world.

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I don't think any team can challenge the Bruins in a 7 game series. It's the best team since the lockout.
I'm not even a Bruins fan but a big fan of their Style!
Best team since lockout would not have to play three 7-game series to win the Cup.

Bruins are not even top3 team since lockout.

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