Thanks to a helpful member of the HFBoards I was able to catch the Buffalo game. It was a pretty terrible game to watch to be totally honest. It’s a game where the Rangers really didn’t *deserve* to win a laugher. They gave up some good chances, and most of their goals were really lucky and they didn’t generate many quality chances by their play, rather the Buffalo team screwing up.
Tonight was a bit different though, you’d have to say, for the most part, the Rangers outplayed the Devils pretty dramatically.
Sure, you could point to the reffing which was laughably bad (in our favor), but the play on the ice did dictate the score, we deserved to win.
And now, somehow, the Rangers find themselves within 1 point of the #6 spot which they desperately want/need. Rangers need to avoid the Penguins in the first round as much as humanly possible, that team has just way too much talent for us to have to deal with in the first round, even if by some miracle we beat them, you know it would take a helluva lot out of us to do it.
Looking at the schedules you have to think it’s a push between the Isles and Rangers, so the Rangers could easily find themselves finishing behind the suddenly red-hot Isles, but the Sens have a much more difficult schedule, and you could see us surpassing them and getting the Broo-ins in the first round, a much better matchup for us than the Pens, for sure.
Getting back to these 2 games, I think the thing that stands out is how the Rangers, more than anything, are finally getting some bounces go for them, which is leading to confidence, which is leading to more bounces.
That, and Brad Richards has played pretty well, and really it’s not about the goals he’s scored, he just looks better out there…his demeanor, his focus, confidence…everything seems better…I wonder if it’s being the 3rd line center that’s helping him out? Clearly Brassard and Stepan have usurped him as a top 2 center, but as a 3rd liner, Brad Richards has been pretty good. Except you shouldn’t have a 7ish million dollar guy be your 3rd line center.
Meh, whatever, just win!