Ah, it’s that time of year again, the time when the warm weather comes out and playoff hockey begins. This time around though, the message is different this time around. Usually the blueshirts and their fans are looking out to see which team they’ll have to play come the postseason, and see who could be a dangerous opponent. This time around, the New York Rangers are the dangerous opponent, and other teams should fear having to play them come April and May.
There are quite a few reasons for this, but let’s start with the fact the Rangers have heated up and are peaking. With eight games left they’re sitting on a five game winning streak, outscoring their opponents 20-9 in those five games.
The fact that the Rangers are heating up should be a side note from their lineup, so let’s start from the back up. The Rangers have the best goaltender in the NHL and arguably the best backup. Having the best goalie tandem is a sign of a successful playoff team especially when your starting goaltender is playing some of his best hockey of the season heading into the playoffs. The defense, anchored by Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have been playing incredibly all season and as the rest of the team is are heating up. Not only is the Rangers defense good at helping Henrik Lundqvist keep pucks out of the net, but they’ve been very good at scoring goals of their own this year, currently the six defense-men on the roster are accountable for 105 of the team’s points.
The Rangers offense, after years of waiting has finally found a true balance in it’s scoring. Every line works very well with one another and all have the ability to provide an offensive boost. In fact, the only member of the offense who isn’t scoring is Martin St. Louis, after already 12 games in Rangers blue he has yet to put the puck in the back of the net. That being said, it’s evident to anyone in the hockey world that once he gets going he’ll be on the scoreboard on a nightly basis. He also may breakout during the playoffs because looking at his career that is when he’s had his best games.
With all of this information given to you, you can see as well as I do that the Rangers can and will be a scary team to play against in the playoffs.