I personally think that the Rangers will make the playoffs. Four of the last five preseason games were very encouraging. In those four wins the Rangers gave up only two goals (a goal or less in each game). I know that it is only the preseason and that the Rangers still have a problem taking bad penalties (or too many penalties). But giving up only two goals in those last four wins was a very good sign. And those were very convincing wins. 5-0, 4-1, 2-0, 2-1. Those are the kinds of wins we want to see from the Rangers and not 6-5 or 4-3 OT wins against bad teams.
While all that's true I do think ESPN was the one of the few not to pick us for the playoffs each of the last 2 seasons. I think they are bias against us. It doesn't matter though, we don't deserve to be looked at any other way.
I dont care much about ESPN predictions. Last year over half of them had Trottier being coach of the year and the other half has NYR in the Eastern Conf finals. I think Melrose might even have had the Rangers in the finals.
It says alot about a hockey "expert" when neither of his cup picks even make the playoffs.
the sharks had a tuff year, and we, just sucked. I actually feel ESPN has great hockey personal with Thorne, Levy, Hrnack, Clement,Melrose, Bucci and Chicken Parm. They just dont need to show NHL2NIGHT alot more.. and ive always liked Thorne and Levy's PBP calls.