The New York Rangers are currently standing facing the New Jersey Devils in round one of the playoffs and already stole both game one and two on the road. One of the deepest teams in hockey, they are in prime condition to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
The New York Rangers have one of the best top six forward groups in the NHL with perennial all stars, Artemi Panarin, Patrick Kane, Mika Zibenjadi, and Vladimir Tarasenko. With all of this offensive power their style of play is built for overs in games like this.
The Rangers also have had tremendous chemistry as of late, as it took them a while to find the right pairing with the new additions of Kane and Tarasenko. The Rangers have scored four or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Rangers also have had one of the best power plays in the league this year and that could prove to be valuable if they see time on the power play in this week’s series.
The New York Rangers were able to get the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the playoffs. Although they didn’t get home ice, they are playing a team with very little postseason experience, and the Rangers have more than any team not named the Tampa Bay Lightning.
They will also most likely play the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round and the Hurricanes have plenty of injuries that will slow them down. Not to mention the Rangers beat the Hurricanes last season without Kane or Tarasenko.
Lastly, the three most dangerous teams to the New York Rangers all would have to play each other before facing them. This will give the Rangers the best chance to make the Stanley Cup as they only have to beat one of those teams.
New York Rangers Defense
The New York Rangers have one of the best defenseman in the NHL with Adam Fox. He absolutely dominates the ice with puck control and possession, as well as driving offense from the back end.
Fox also is a solid defender and paired with Ryan Lindgren they compliment each other’s games better than almost any defensive pairing in the NHL. K’Andre Miller and Jacob Trouba are the second pairing, and with the Captain on this pairing it is more than serviceable.
Trouba is a human wrecking ball and his hitting sets the tone for this team and how far they will go in the playoffs. Trouba can also score, making this one of the best well-rounded defensive groups in the league.
Not much to be said, the New York Rangers have one of the best goalies in the world in Igor Shesterkin and after a dominating game one he looks ready to become the X-Factor to push this team over the top.
Overall, this team doesn’t have a weakness and I see them beating who ever comes out of the western conference as they will be tested more in the east on the road to the Stanley Cup Finals.
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