Re: Rangers knock off Devils =) (NHL Play offs)
How are the Rangers a .500 club?
They owned their competition in the Eastern conference for a better part of the year.
Between adding two big market free agents and dressing 4 rookies every night, the team just needed some time to click, which they did down the stretch.
Their record was BRUTAL against the western conference, but if you look at how they faired against their division, it was nearly a .750. They went 7-0-1 against the Debbies, 6-1-1 against the flyers, 3-1 against Montreal, I don't remember the exact record against the Pens, but I believe they broke even, etc. etc.
They have a solid team. One of the top 5 keepers in the league in Lundqvist, Three solid centers in Gomez, Drury and Dubinsky, a motivated Jagr who is still an elite player in this game.
The defense, though devoid of an All Star calliber, big name D-man is still solid, as the stats will show. I believe the Rangers were in the top three in goals against this year, which speaks volumes for their goaltender and their defensive core.
They nearly had 100 points this year and the offense was snake bitten for most of the year. If the NHL's love fest with Cindy Crosby doesn't prevent it, the Rangers could easily represent the East in the SC Finals.