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15
Apr
09

It’s Playoff time!

 

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I know this is the logo from 1994, but its the year the NY Rainjuzz took home the hardware!

 

So I need to start this post by apologizing for my lack of chatter the past two weeks…work, moving into a new place, and a men’s league championship inthe 2009 Hooter’s Cup have kept me away from the blog-o-sphere.  But I’m back, and just in time for the playoffs.  A lot has happened the past two weeks, but that’s all old news; so I’ve decided to talk playoffs for a bit.  My NY Rangers clinched a spot in the 2009 Lord Stanley Cup playoffs, however out of any team from the East, they drew the team I think they will have the toughest time beating.  Washington has a 30-goal defenseman, while the Bueshirts leading goal scorer (besides Nik Antropovwith 28, who was acquired at the trade deadline) is Markus Naslund with 24.  The Rangers have played their best hockey this season in tight scoring games, and that why I would have prefered to open up the playoffs on the road in Boston.  The Rangers know they can play a tight scoring game with the Bruins, as they did all season with some success, however what happens when Ovechkin & Co. break out for a three-goal lead?  My guess is the Rangers crumble, but I have seen crazier things.  New York lacks top line scoring, and their power play has been god awful (if this were football, I would decline every penalty), two very important aspects come playoff time.  Who is going to score that big goal when you need it?  Ryan Callahan???  I love the kid (and hope is a Blueshirt for some years to come), but I don’t think you can count on him to put the puck in the back of the net when elimination is on the line.  Playoffs are an entirely different bread of hockey, and I have some doubts with my Blueshirts.  Can they win?  Absolutely!  Jose Theodore could be the blessing the Rangers need, as he has played mediocre all season, and doesn’t appear to be the same goalie he once was (Although he has won playoff series’ with Montreal and Colorado).   The Rangers have struggled on the road as of late, so not having home-ice could also come back to haunt them, but at the same time, they are playing some of the best hockey of the year, and when you have Sean Avery trying to get under the skin of each and every young gun on the Capitals, anything can happen.  Unfortunately, I will be missing game one (I know, I know…it’s one of the hardest things to have to do), but my playoff beard has started.

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