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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:55 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

not sure about Sauer being a top 4 Dman on any other team, actually Im quite sure that is 100% incorrect. Playoffs are all that matters. Stick your chest out as far as you can now but remember that it only counts in May and June.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:26 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

While I agree we have been fotunate with the injuries but what missing Staal ( arguably our best D man) doesnt count? Sauer Doesnt count either?( was on his way to becoming a top 4 d-man on any other team)
I mean maybe its the way torts conducts his bootcamp-like pratices and I know for a fact we are probably the most conditioned team in the league  beacuse of tort's way,,, I hate to say iit fellow nhl fans but we are a serious contender for the cup and the way the rangers have built from within we will be a contender for the cup in the many years to come. 


Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:21 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

DiNiro, no one stays on top in the east more than a season or two. Look at past 5 years, Wash, Pitt, Bos, Phi, NJ, Mon, Buff, Car, Ott all division and conference tops. This is first year the NYR have been relevant in maybe 10 years or more. I am not taking away form them. I think the NYR are clearly the best team in the East maybe NHL this regular season. But as the Eastern Conference history has shown, it wont last, especially for a NYR team that has perenially finished 8-12 in the conference standings the past 15 years.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:57 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Rangers have been healthy for the most part and now hopefully they can rest some of the players who are banged up but playing..

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:34 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Until now, NYR top 9 F had missed total of 4 games--Dubinsky 3, Anisimov 1.
This is a huge factor.

Boston, Chicago, Minn, Detroit, FLA, even Toronto (among other teams) off to great starts and then the injuries came and so did the erratic play.   Vancouver had injuries early, now they're rolling with most of the big names at 100% (or close to again).  PHX rolling again helped because they got healthy again.

NYR now among most fortunate in the league when it comes to injuries.   Expect that to balance out a bit, (maybe it's starting to).  

I'm not faulting NYR, they did what real good teams do, they took advantage of opportunities.    Expectations have to be balanced out a bit.   Tortorella has his guys playing great, but it's a very physically demanding style.   With all the contact and the exceptional good fortune (credit to trainers and scouts) I think it's reasonable to assume that NYR will have to deal with some more injuries before the postseason starts.    (who ever has helped Gaborik stay healthy needs a monster raise)  

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:17 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

I watched the Rangers, Bruins game. Much impressed with what I saw. No quit in the Rangers. Bruins were all over them through two, but Lundqvist kept them in the game, and then the Rangers won the third to win the game. The race for the Atlantic, and the East for that matter, looks just about over imo. Rangers taking advantage of the oppertunities given them. Tough team.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:06 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

He forgets to mention the disciplined demanded from Torts.  Dubinsky sat for 2/3 of a game.  Avery gone, Defense and Hank will win them many more games.  Imagine if Richards starts scoring.....

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:51 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Well, elementary math skills shows that the Rangers should be 2-2 against the Penguins if the blogger has their facts straight. Still not bad there.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:01 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

THe Rangers have owned the Flyers and Bruins so far, don't include the Pens in that.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 7:45 am

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Haters gonna hate,.. its the way the world goes,.. these same banana heads that were on top of the East in previous yrs claimed how great their teams were but as soon as another team is ontop, right away theyre scrambling for excuses and proclaim it wont last for the Rangers.. Maybe, but for right now is all we have to go on.. And even though there is alot of Profits on these bds, let them play it out and see, till then stop your cryin and makin excuses about Your team.. No one cares.

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