Eastern Conference Final Predictions: New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils
The New York Rangers have had to travel a much longer road than expected on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals. Top seeds haven't exactly had the easiest time this year in the playoffs, but it was especially surprising to see the Rangers taken to the brink of elimination by both the 8th and 7th seeds. Of course, anything can always happen in the playoffs, but the Rangers were THE team to beat this year, and they were almost beaten on two occasions. There's something unnerving about that if you want to see this team make the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since they last won the cup in 1994. But to me, it screams of their ability to overcome the odds even when it seems as if those odds are in their favor.
On the other side of the ice, you have the New Jersey Devils. Sorry, I almost fell asleep while typing that. I don't want to take away any of the credit that the Devils deserve for making it this far, but I honestly keep forgetting that they're even in the playoffs, yet alone in the East Finals. Sure they have Parise and Kovalchuk and Zajac, but I could honestly care less about this team. Maybe their ability to stay under the radar is what helped them get by two higher seeded teams. Maybe they truly deserve to be here. There's only one way to prove that, and that's to win against a huge rival in the Rangers.