The New York Rangers move on to round 2 to face a Boston Bruins team who won in amazing fashion in Game 7 of the 1st round.
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First, Lets welcome Wade Redden back to the NHL Playoffs and hope he plays the way we expect him to play, invisible in round 2 much like round 1 if he even plays.
Now lets take a look at the Bruins team overall. The Bruins are big and fast and will play the puck hard along the boards and in the corners. The Rangers are going to have to play a physical game and give the hits as much as they are going to receive them.
The Bruins scored 20 goals in the 1st round against the Leafs. Of those 20 goals, 12 were scored by David Krejci, Nathan Horton or Patrice Bergeron. That accounts for 60 percent of their offense! Milan Lucic may be finding his game now which is added offense for the Bruins. The Bruins depth is anything but. The bottom six forwards are anything but scary. Rangers defense will still have to play at the top of their game but if they can shut down that top line, will only help the Rangers offense.
On Defense, everyone knows big, bad Zdeno Chara and how hard his shot is. Bruins are injury depleted at the blue line with injuries to Andrew Ference, Wade Redden, and the leg injury to Dennis Seidenberg suffered just 37 seconds into the 1st period in Game 7 against the Leafs. All three are listed as Day to Day but will be playing less than 100% if they do suit up. That will only help the Rangers offensively.
The Bruins do not have a shut down defenseman who will be able to mirror Rick Nash like the Capitals were able to do, especially if Seidenberg is out of the line up. This could be the series that Nash turns his game on and becomes the piece that Sather traded for.
Chris Kreider looked like the Kreider of old and will continue to be in the line up as long as Clowe is out with his injury.
I predict the Rangers defeat the Bruins in 6 games with the Rangers taking 1 of the 2 games in Boston to start off the series.
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