Nah. Rangers are an unproven playoff team, so some experts are going to pick them to go out early. As a Rangers fan myself, I'm not really sure what to expect from them.
Meanwhile, I noticed that all the ESPN analysts picked both Pitt and Nashville to advance. Very unusual for the 4-5 picks to be so lopsided, especially since neither of those teams had an edge in the season series. Now that's a little disrespectful.
Someone said that they had an article up on NHL.com and the 13 experts all predicted the Rangers to win the series. It was the only sweep.
I don't feel slighted, but even if we were it would be less pressure and I don't mind it.
A team that comes within one win away from the President's Trophy SHOULD be picked to beat the 8th seed ... regardless of where everyone expected them to finish prior to the season started ... the real disrespect comes after that. I mean we won 50+ games and racked up 109 points ... I feel like regardless of what we did all year all the experts are still waiting for the other shoe to drop and for us to fall back to earth. This to me is a little disrespectful.