I'll keep saying it until it comes and goes. The season comes down to the 13 out of 17 home game stretch in the middle of February into March, plain and simple. Its there, just waiting to be taken advantage of.
If the Rangers can miraculously find the home cookin of last year theyll be in fine shape, but if their home record this year is any indication of how theyll play during that stretch, you can kiss the playoffs goodbye and start talking draft around.....my birthday - March 15th.
Last edited by HockeyBasedNYC: 02-02-2007 at 12:04 PM.
Which team is getting knocked out of the top 8 in the east?
Buffalo,Jersey and Atlanta are in.Ottawa is playing well and they are getting their injured bodies back into the line-up.Montreal slumped in early January but they have since rebounded.Tampa is playing their best hockey since winning the cup with Lecavalier and St.Louis having terrific seasons.Pittsburgh is scary good.Carolina is the defending cup winner and they are getting their injured defensemen back
I will eat my hat if this team wins even 2 of the next 4 games. 3 pts out of 8 is much more realistic. I don't share any optimism that many of you have. And if by some very unRangeresque events we make the playoffs, don't fool yourself into thinking this team could pull a Calgary or Edmonton & do some real damage. I would rate us as the 'meatiest' & most coveted opponent for any team. Out in the first round with a bullet.
The Rangers are going nowhere, treading water if you will.
I think Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay is the most likely to drop out of a playoff spot.
I predict the Rangers will make the playoffs.
Can they beat one of the division winners? They can, but I don't know if they will. I'd give them a good shot against Atlanta, but beating either Buffalo or NJ would be very difficult unless they improve the roster significantly.
If we land a brewer and or Forsberg.. we could do some damage...
Halfway right...I could see Forsberg damaging a little more than just opponents. and we've just seen the beginning of his ankle problems IMO.
Has there ever been a more important stretch (Feb 2nd-27th) for the Rangers? Has it ever been this tight? My only hope is that they either go on a tear or completely bottom out. I do not want to see us pay up for Foppa and then not even make the playoffs.