May 2, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; New York Rangers goalie Martin Biron (43) hugs New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) after the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in game three in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Rangers won 2-1 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers Will Need Biron At His Best

One of the big X factors heading into this coming season is Martin Biron.

The Rangers will need Biron to play around 8-12 games this season and help give Henrik Lundqvist some rest in this short but compact season. Last year Lundqvist was able to play his best as a result of Biron taking some of the load off him. A big thing is John Tortorella trusts Biron, and isn’t afraid to throw him out there against any team in the league.

Sure it might be a few games Biron will play in the grand scheme of the schedule, but 2-3 wins could end up being a big difference in the eastern conference. It could be the difference between winning the division, or even making or missing the playoffs.

No matter how you look at i, it’s important from the Rangers standpoint that Biron plays to what he’s capable of. A poor showing from Biron, and the Rangers may find themselves low in the conference standings. If Biron gets off to a rough start Tortorella may lose his trust in him and have to turn to Lundqvist. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

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