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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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Comments

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:02 pm
 

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

The Rangers are playing great and have a solid group, but it means little right now. Gotta be able to saw through 4 rounds of best-of-7 and a lot of things can happen in the playoffs.






Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:35 pm
 

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Who says Crosby is playing in the playoffs? Rangers are having a great season, why can't there fans enjoy it without talking about the playoffs. When the playoffs start then we can talk about them. No ranger or hockey fan is dumb enough to feel comfortable about the playoffs. Any team can get hot . Winnipeg could end up in the finals. So enjoy the journey. Rangers btw ave somehow found enough scoring to have a 42-15-7 record. They haven't all been 1-0



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:13 pm
 

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Rangers have been the class of the league since opening day! No reason to believe it will end soon! I see a deep playoff run and another Stanley Cup come June!


Go Rangers!




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:53 pm
 

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

Easily best on the east? I dont think so.  That will go to Pittsburgh who when Crosby and Letang come back in the playoffs will be the favorites to win it.  Rangers can not generate enough offense and while relying on Lunqvist is important, he is not as good as Fleury when it comes to playoff success.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

So happy to see that the Rangers are doing well in the regular season. Other teams, which have been playing without their top player for almost the complete season and various others for a lot of the season cannot match the healthy Rangers. It'll be such a disappointment to see the Rangers fail when the playoffs come around. Almost as big as the disappointment that the Capitals won't be in the playoffs.
To say that the rangers will automatically fail due to their past playoff droughts is asinine. this team is easily the best in the east, and probably the best in all of hockey. the rangers boast the best goalie in the nhl by a landslide, they give up the fewest goals which makes them the best d, and gets the timely goals that it takes to win games i.e. derek stepans today. the rangers play great at time as indicated by their 22-7 record...rangers will make a run at the CUP. you better believe it



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Rangers continue to beat top competitors in East

So happy to see that the Rangers are doing well in the regular season. Other teams, which have been playing without their top player for almost the complete season and various others for a lot of the season cannot match the healthy Rangers. It'll be such a disappointment to see the Rangers fail when the playoffs come around. Almost as big as the disappointment that the Capitals won't be in the playoffs.


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