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It’s really incredible, it really is. This New York Rangers team just plays so much better at home than they do on that road. And it’s not like were talking about 1 or 2 aspects of their game, like their PP or PK, it’s….everything. Even though the PP didn’t score, it generated a ton of chances. Even though we only scored 3, we generated a ton of chances. Even though we didn’t outscore them in the 3rd we….you guessed it, generated a ton of chances.

Literally everything about our game seems to increase at home. You know what that says to me? This club gets amped to play in front of their crowd. This also says to me, my NYRangersCast prediction of the Rangers making it to the Eastern Conference Finals might not be that off.


Because in the playoffs what you really are looking for is to earn a split on the road in your first 2 games, and win out at home. Frankly, I can see the Rangers doing that against almost every single team in the Eastern Conference. (There is 1 team that I think we just can’t beat, but I will go over that during my playoff preview). The playoffs, to me, is all about holding serve at home, and breaking serve on the road. It’s not won or lost in 4 straight games all the time, more often, it’s won or lost by losing serve at home. Right now, there isn’t a hotter team at home, or a hotter goalie at home than Henrik Lundqvist…and while it would be better to have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs, that clearly isn’t a possibility, and hasn’t been for many months now.

With the Rangers win their magic number is now down to 2 with the exception being if we tie 2 games and the Panthers win 2 games, then they would have the tiebreaker and finish ahead of us. Any Panthers loss, and we’re in. Any Rangers win, and we’re in. But more importantly, we have a very good chance at finishing in 7th if we can win both of these games, and for the record, I actually think we will win both of these games. Philly, while being a superb team, just doesn’t frighten me the way some teams do. It has less to do with how good they are, and more to do with how we seem to rise to the occasion against them (for the most part).

Finally, I wanted everyone to know that Wolfpack announcer Bob Crawford has agreed to do an interview with me, and answer some of your questions about the Rangers prospects down in Hartford, about the team itself, and about some of our former prospects. Simply go to either of the message boards (links on the right, ECSF and HFBoards) find the appropriate thread, and post your question there. I’ll try to get to as many of them as I can, depending on how much time Bob has to spend with me.

Thanks to everyone for your participation!

With regards to the Evgeny Grachev interview, I am still waiting for it to get back to me. These things take time, especially with the Batallion in a tough 2nd round match up in the playoffs.

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