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Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:53 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 12:06 am
 

By: Adam Gretz


There are still two months to play in the regular season, but with their 3-0 win in Boston on Tuesday night you can probably assume that the New York Rangers have all but locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Maybe not officially, because, after all, there is still a chance that the Bruins could put together another run where they look like the '75 Canadiens, and the Rangers could always hit a rut down the stretch, but with Tuesday's win New York opened up a nine-point lead over Boston for the top spot in the conference.

That's a significant lead, and a deficit that large, this late in the season, can be almost impossible to overcome, even though the teams have two more games remaining against one another. That's a lot of ground to make up, and with the way the Rangers are playing right now it's hard to see them slowing down enough to allow Boston to get back to the top.

Since the start of the '05-06 season the average No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference has finished with 112 points, so for arguments sake let's just go with that. The Rangers would only need to put together a record of 15-9-3 over their final 27 games to reach that mark. Boston, by comparison, would need to go somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-6-2 in its remaining 28 games.

This is a pretty amazing development given how dominant the Bruins looked as recently as a month ago, and how ordinary they've looked since the start of January, having won back-to-back games just twice since the start of the new year. They haven't been able to win consecutive games since Jan. 10-12.

I haven't always been a believer in the Rangers this season, particularly earlier in the season, but it's hard to ignore what they've been able to accomplish to this point.

Henrik Lundqvist, having earned his 7th shutout of the season in Boston, is not only playing like a favorite for the Vezina Trophy, you can also make an argument that he's in the race for the Hart Trophy as the league MVP as well. Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have been one of the best defensive pairings in the league this season, while Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik have done their part to carry the offense.

The Rangers made a pretty big statement on Tuesday night, and right now they've put themselves in a position that very well could make the road to the Stanley Cup Finals go right through Madison Square Garden. And just imagine what they might look like if Rick Nash would happen to end up on Broadway.

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Comments

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:16 am
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

"That's a significant lead, and a deficit that large, this late in the season, can be almost impossible to overcome, even though the teams have two more games remaining against one another. That's a lot of ground to make up, and with the way the Rangers are playing right now it's hard to see them slowing down enough to allow Boston to get back to the top. "

No, he doesn't. Did you read the article? lol
Yes he did. Guess you didn't read. lulz

9 points is not significant when there are 50 points still to be won. I'll laugh if a month from now it is just a couple points especially when all those points can be made up in the span of a couple weeks.



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:45 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

Pens aren't winning the cup without a healthy Sid, u know that



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

seeds dont matter the only thing that matters i s penguins will be champs malkin is the best ever




Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

To the bitter Bruins fan, this is an article about the regular season, trust me no Ranger fan or Bruin fan would be dumb enough to think the playoffs aren't a whole new animal. No one thought this Ranger team would be this good. They look great, but in hockey 8 seeds beat ones all the time. Rangers are a great story this year, nothing wrong with enjoying the season. Come playoff time everyone is dangerous.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:55 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

Rangers are look great, they may not win the east but they have set themselves up to be hard to take down.   

hockey more then any other sport is about just get in the playoffs and see.  top seeds go down all the time in hockey.  just get in and if you get a hot goalie then away you go.  good goal tending can make an 8 seed a threat while bad goaltending can destroy a #1 seed. 

not that i see any reason why king henrik cant keep it up but one thing that really sticks out in my memory is its kinda a jinx to win the presidents trophy as i think only like 6 or 7 of them took home the cup in the same season. 

I can still remember the presidents trophy winning rangers in the 92 season and it going down the tubes with 75 foot shot by ron francis going in on mike richter.  rangers should have taken a 3-1 series lead, instead lost that game and never won anothe rgame that series and lost the series.  eddie belfor, chris osgood, hextall, cujo, i can name so many good goalies with bad goals that ruined seasons... 



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

I for one feel Hank should be given the Vezina right now! He should even be considered a Hart trophy nominee considering what he does for the Rangers every night. They are finally playing up to their potential.



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

Hank is only the best regular season goalie?  are you nuts.  first of all, he's won in the nhl playoffs.  second, he's won a gold medal for sweden as their goalie.  those are about the 2 toughest hockey tournaments in the world.  the least of their worries in the playoffs is hank.  will they be able to score enough goals will be their biggest issue.  

 



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:02 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

So with 27 games left, this guy thinks a 9 point lead = #1 seed guaranteed?


No, he doesn't. Did you read the article? lol



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:53 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

Lundqvist could win the Vezina Trophy but the Hart Trophy for the league MVP, if he keeps playing at the high level he is playing at now, should go to Evgeni Malkin!  To even think that it should go to a goalie, let alone a New York goalie, is ludicrous.  I don't care if king henrik stands on his head, if Malkin continues to play at this high level, he should win the Hart.  I'm sure the New York media will have something to say about that.  As for the Rangers and the #1 seed, as is stated over and over in the comments section, it is too early for such silly talk.   



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:46 pm
 

Do the Rangers have the No. 1 seed secured?

#1 means jack sh*t in hockey.

How did Vancouver do last year with home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals? 
 


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