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Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:41 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2012 8:03 pm
New York has done a lot of celebrating against their biggest foes this season. (US Presswire)

By Brian Stubits

The New York Rangers are getting ready to lap the rest of the teams in the Eastern Conference at this point.

On Sunday they might not have been the best team on the ice at Madison Square Garden for most of the affair, they still prevailed for the 4-3 win over the defending champion Boston Bruins thanks to Derek Stepan's third-period snipe.

The win does a lot for the Rangers in the grand scheme of things. It moves them ahead of the Canucks and Red Wings for the most points in the NHL despite having played fewer games than those teams. It also gives New York a double-digit lead on the next best team in the Eastern Conference (that would be the Penguins).

There are a lot of reasons why. It starts obviously with the fact that they are just a really good team. No duh. But it obviously goes beyond that.

They have really made their money this season against the other top teams in the East. In this case I'm talking about the Bruins, Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. Combined this season they are 10-2-0 against those teams so far. The only two losses came to the Penguins. They are 5-0 against the Flyers and now 3-0 against Boston.

Just imagine if that split were flipped and the Bruins were 3-0 against the Blueshirts. Each team would be locked at 85 points. Instead, the Rangers are 12 points up on the B's.

Another part of it is that the Rangers have been a bit lucky this season. I'm not taking away from their on-ice capabilities with that comment. It's about the fact that they have largely avoided the injury bug this season. Sure, they have dealt with injuries like every other team such as the concussion to defenseman Marc Staal.

But this is pretty stunning at this point of the season. This stat comes courtesy of the New York Post's Larry Brooks earlier this week. You can add three games on for Ryan Callahan, who was again a scratch today with a sore foot.

There are a lot of teams that would kill for that kind of fortune.

Just keep that kind of success against the top foes in the conference in mind when the playoffs roll around. That should be worth a confidence boost or two.

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Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:18 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

To bad the Rangers can't beat the Lighting. Its getting close to Lord Stanley getting another tan.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:47 pm

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Lindro99 , well said but What i ment about Sauer is on other teams he has the to potential to be a top 4, last yr he was another KID who was making a postive ,very quick  adjustment wise ,,,,,another young player which the rangers are stacked with and this goes to what you were saying , if ANY ranger fan thought we would develop this rapidly. their lying
MDZ and MCD ,,, what can i say, unbeleivible  as far as growing up so fast( sauer had that in him too),. We have a great young D , with staal( rock rock solid), giradi ( who is comming ito his own), MDZ( who had a set back yr last yr but has really worked hard, best offensive upside or the 4, and brad richards is helping him grow) and the the steal trade of this decade lol MCD  ,, hes a monster,,,,,erixson and mcilrath ( ik prospects but they are bluechips)  this being said  ,,,im gaga ,,the NYR have never had a foundation built so well as far as young guys growing together, and the better young guys are our deffencemen ,,,its like as important  as cally and dubi have been a part of this so called youth movement their not top talented guys but our to 4 dmen as a unit is really good and the potential to be the BEST in nhl with hank behind them,,  if you asked me rangers win the cup this year OR make it to the finals 3 out of the next 6 but not knowing if we won of not  , im taking the latter

 Ik its a long post and we have won 1 cup in 75yr ,which is horrific but its something special what sather , scouts and coaches have created , and hell yea its come together quickly but we will be tough for the many years to come.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:17 pm

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Obviously a Flyers, Devils or Bruins fan.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:16 pm

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Well we got destroyed with injuries to forwards last year so a bit of good fortune this year was in the karma cards.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:52 pm

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

As for the Sauer talk, he has been hurt all year, but looked real good last year.  Staal, MDZ, Mcdonough and Girardi all top 4's for sure. Team has plenty of talent and the idea they are blowing there load now is really the only argument available.  Lets all be patient and wait for the playoffs. Rangers play a style that could take them a long way, or maybe they bomb. fact is they are dominating the East and no one thought that would happen.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:32 pm

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Rangers will shoot their load during the regular season and won't get past the 2nd round of the playoffs.... 

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:47 pm

Goaltending Not Mentioned?

H. Lundqvist is probably the most significant reason for the Rangers success this year. It's astonishing that goaltending isn't even mentioned in this article. It has almost become cliche now, but The King is a lock for the Vezina and will be a nominee for the Hart as well. In previous years, Lundqvist has had runs where he has played outstanding goal But he has never been at the top of his game with the consistency that he has found this year. He has stolen probably 6-10 wins for the team this year. If he hadn't done so, that 85 points number cited in the article would be a lot closer to where the Rangers would be sitting right now, maybe even closer to 80 pts. When you routinely win games where you've been outshot by 50% or by a 2 to 1 margin, as the Rangers have this year, it becomes clear where the difference is being made. Down the stretch and into the playoffs, the Rangers will go as Hank goes. Torts has been smart to give his top player more rest this season because he will need to be the best player on the ice, consistently over 2 months, for the Rangers to have a legit shot a Cup this year.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:40 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Just the general consensus on most non ranger fans as far as the Icelanders if they had a building the place would be packed,, if they were winning that old building would be packed

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:22 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Ive never thought or even heard of the Rangers as the doormats of the league..... now the Islanders are a different story. Kreider is awesome, not sure he'll help immediately but who knows. Size and speed to burn.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:02 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

read what I said , on his way, not is, ok,,, 20-5-2 against the bruins since the lockout, Thats 100% correct,,If we have been the doormats of the nhl for so long as almost every non rangers fan says then why does everybody hate on us so much?  SLATS sign kreider and bring him up for the run, can't hurt

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