What did you expect?
I also took the time to read many of the in-game threads with comments from our readers and the passion of the Rangers fan base is clear. It’s also obvious that this team has been exceedingly frustrating for many, resulting in a constant stream of negativity especially when things are going wrong. While I get it, the negativity gets tiresome and it is always easier to predict failure than success. With only one of 32 teams getting to the Holy Grail, to predict that the Rangers won’t make it is the easy way out.
It’s worth noting that this morning, 30 games into the season, the Rangers have a tenuous hold on the last wild card spot. They are there despite a pathetic 6-6-4 home record, offset by a sparkling 9-4-1 road record.
Did anyone really expect that the Rangers would waltz into the postseason? Going into the season there are five solid contenders for the four Metropolitan Division playoffs post in Carolina, Pittsburgh, Islanders, Washington, and the Rangers. Make that six with the impressive play of the Devils. That’s six solid contenders for four spots. That means two good teams won’t make it and the Rangers could be one of them.
Speaking of the Devils, let’s give a Bronx cheer to the pundits who predicted that New Jersey and Boston would be wannabes this season (me included). They only boast the two best records in the NHL. So much for predictions. And again, right now, the Rangers are in the playoffs.