LETS GO RANGERS!! Biggest factor imo will be at the outset of the game. Tortorella can't let the home team get out to 2-0 leads every night and then expect to come back and win hockey games against teams in similar situations as the Rangers.
With that said, the Islanders are every bit as good as the Lightning. Not to mention they're our arch rival and looking to get into the playoffs themselves (they played so well against Philly and I don't think their looking to be the first team at the podium this summer).
So I think the Rangers have to weather the storm (because Tampa will no doubt come out flying) and commit to "stingy defense" during the first quarter of period 1 at the very least. Hopefully, they won't have to work extra hard during period number two to come back from a 2 goal deficit and they can quiet the crowd.
I know Stamkos is playing for a "Rocket Richard" this year but I still believe if Tampa is going to win, it will be with timely goals from veteran players like St. Louis and Vinny.
Finally, please guys....no dumb penalties and limit turnovers!!
IDK what it is but it seems like Gaborik loves having Voros on his line. The two were best friends in Minnesota and Gabby couldn't help but smile when John brought up Aaron's big part in the Rangers third goal against the Isles. I'd put them out together tonight as well.
Voros does all of the grinding. And Gaborik does the scoring. Reminds me of Don Maloney playing with Esposito.