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Eastern Conference Final Predictions: New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference FinalNew York Rangers ( 1 ) vs. New Jersey Devils ( 6 )  It's always fun when rivals meet in the playoffs. Penguins vs. Flyers. Habs vs. Bruins. Canucks vs. Blackhawks. Bad blood makes for good hockey, and more importantly, good television. Even better when it's late in the playoffs, like this year's Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. The best word to describe the feelings between these two teams is probably "bad blood", but then again that word pretty much sums up any match-up in the Atlantic Division. There's a lot at play here. Location. Histo...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference SemifinalsNew York Rangers ( 1 ) vs. Washington Capitals ( 7 )  It's not surprising that the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals got to the second round, it's how the got here. The Rangers were taken to the bring of elimination against an eighth seeded Ottawa Senators team who, let's face it, probably had no business being in the playoffs in the first place. The Capitals were not favorites in their series against the Boston Bruins, and had their own troubles on their way to a 7th place finish in the regular season, but with the talent they had, and a ridiculous hot rookie goaltender in Braden Holtby they d...

Sens have Rangers on ropes

It seemed hard times were on the way for the Ottawa Senators when captain Daniel Alfredsson was gooned by Carl Hagelin.

The truth is far from the specularion, as the Senators have won two games in a row in two tight-checking affairs. 

The series has featured exactly what fans expect from the playoffs: unlikely heroes, huge hits, and incredible goaltending. Craig Anderson and Henrik Lundqvist have been stellar for their teams, and the Senators have played Rangers-esque defense.

Chris Neil, Jared Cowen, Zenon Kenopka, and Nick Folgino have really led the way for Ottawa in the hard-work, hard-hitting department, while Kyle Turris has become even more loved by Sens fan ...

Hockey At It's Best

With the possible exception of World Cup Soccer, there is no contest in sports more intense than playoff hockey at any level. Tonight at 7pm The Webster Bank Arena will play host to the AHL’s opening round of the Calder Cup Championships. This years contest starts with an historic battle between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, proud affiliate of the New York Islanders, and Hartford’s Whale, the New York Rangers sister club.

While the two teams have met some 130 times in the last 11 years, they have never faced each other in the playoffs. While Bridgeport holds a slight advantage in this years’ regular season 10 game competition, the only advantage that earns them is home ice. This is only an advantage if the fans come out and make it one. The fans that do show up can expect to see professional hockey at its best. Here is how I see it:

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators

 

( 1 ) NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ( 8 ) OTTAWA SENATORS

Not a lot of people expected the Ottawa Senators to be one of only two Canadian teams that managed to make the playoffs this season. In fact, in the "normal" NHL universe, the Canadiens and Sens would probably be in each others positions. The Sens started the season with people assuming they were at the beginning of a rebuild, with GM Bryan Murray half-blowing things up the prior off-season. But then something happened. The Sens top players started playing like... well... top players. Alfredsson was on his game as rumors of retirement grew bigger and bigger. Jason Spezza became a dominant center once again. And the...

Senators still building; playoff experience invaluable

The Ottawa Senators have beaten the New York Rangers in three out of the four games the teams have played this year, which bodes well for the Senators in their first-round playoff match up. This record is a huge improvement over the Senators' record against the Boston Bruins, in which they lost five of six games, so it is great news the Senators are not squaring off against the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Senators have scored 15 goals against the Eastern Conference champions, and only allowed eight goals. Many people have written off Ottawa in the playoffs. The easy money is against the Senators, even with their impressive record against the Rangers. The...

Two Talented Goalies, Two Completely Different Seasons

This is a story of two goalies.

Both have performed exceptionally well in their NHL careers. Both have shined in the playoffs, although they have never raised a Cup. And both had something to prove once this season began – one for a new team, the other for his only.

Ilya Bryzgalov began the 2011-2012 season with the Philadelphia Flyers, his first with the squad. Carey Price was returning as the Montreal Canadiens’ starting goaltender after proving his worth over the past four seasons.

Though they both entered the season full of promise, only one looks to be playoff-bound.

Wings lose in OT; Extend losing streak to 6

It was a frustrating night for the Detroit Red Wings...again.

Ryan Callahan scored the OT winner with a perfect assist from Michael Del Zotto to give the Wings their sixth consecutive loss. So what went wrong?

The Wings showed a poor display of defense tonight, especially in the third period, leaving Callahan with 8 total shots on goal. The Wings also looked very slow in the third, leaving Ty Conklin virtually all by himself in the net.

But that wouldn't phase Conklin too much as he had 32 saves along with .942 save percentage in the game. Safe to say he was the Wings strongest player tonight.

The Wings were scored on in their first penalty kill attempt, but th...

Flyers Look Like Contenders

Don’t look now, but the Philadelphia Flyers are a contender.

It didn’t seem possible when the team blew itself up in the offseason to take on young players. It really didn’t seem possible when Chris Pronger went down for the season. It didn’t seem possible when Ilya Bryzgalov kept hemorrhaging goals.

Things have changed.

Through the course of the season the plan that seemed like madness now seems like perfect sanity.

With young players stepping up and filling roles, the Flyers have been balanced and outstanding offensively.

Statements Are Made, Not Manufactured

 

It only comes up as game number 69, it only registers two points to the winner, but for a Thursday night regular season game, this could not be more important. 

Statements were made for the Penguins on Sunday when they trumped the Bruins in all areas of the game.  The Pens won their 9th straight game, pushing their record to 21-4-1 since January 13th.  They closed the gap on the East leading Rangers to just six points and still have a game in hand. The red hot Pens though received monumental news recently and plan on continuing their torrid streak.

Paul Martin and Kris Letang are both expected to play on Thursday, but more importantly, so is Sidney ...