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    What if the Rangers learned their lesson last year and purposely playing poorly enough to secure that 1st wildcard this year?


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    That's what I'm hoping!

    According to this: http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html

    The Rangers are a 91% chance of being WC1.

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    Quite possibly and also using the opportunity to rest some banged up guys and not rush them back in the line up. They should use these last dozen or so as tune up games for the playoffs basically.

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    I HOPE they are doing their best to wrap up the WC.. But by no means is their play indicating such things.. They have the 3rd best record in the league since February 1st. And they just beat the second best team in the West, in their barn, on the 2nd half of a back to back. They are showing no signs up learning their lesson and not playing to their best ability lol, as much as I wish they would.

    Obviously I hope we continue to just roll along and finish as the W1. I'd even take losing a few here and then getting on a roll the final 3 or 4 games. We are in fine form for the Playoffs in my eyes. 5th best team in the league, all while playing multiple times against 3 of the other top 4 teams in the league. Very impressive season so far form our boys. Can't wait for April.

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    Regular season doesn't mean much when the playoffs start. That's when the real season begins. It's all about how they come together as a team April onwards and the matchups. It's all well and good about wanting to do the honorable thing and saying it doesn't matter who they play, but it does. Win at any costs even if it means positioning yourself for easier match-ups.

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    The last thing they would want to do is play poorly on purpose going into the playoffs. Don't want to set in bad habits. I think they just aren't going full throttle, and doing what is given to them. WC1 is pretty much wrapped up now with Pitt/Columbus/Washington opening up 6/7 point lead on the Rangers. Its time for the Rangers to work on the PP during the game, would also consider resting players on a rotating basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Heaven View Post
    The last thing they would want to do is play poorly on purpose going into the playoffs. Don't want to set in bad habits. I think they just aren't going full throttle, and doing what is given to them. WC1 is pretty much wrapped up now with Pitt/Columbus/Washington opening up 6/7 point lead on the Rangers. Its time for the Rangers to work on the PP during the game, would also consider resting players on a rotating basis.
    Not playing full throttle is what I meant by playing poorly


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vodka Drunkenski View Post
    What if the Rangers learned their lesson last year and purposely playing poorly enough to secure that 1st wildcard this year?


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    Not playing full throttle is what I meant by playing poorly


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey37 View Post
    Come on, bro. You're too smart for this.
    Just go with the flow douchebag


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vodka Drunkenski View Post
    Just go with the flow douchebag


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    IMO it's the only viable path to the Conference Final. And it might be the only viable path to the Cup Final, too, given the gauntlet one of PIT, CBJ, and/or WSH need to run to get there.


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    It's the only way they have a chance to win this year, so they'd be silly not to at least pace themselves and focus on playing well, not necessarily winning. Giving some guys rest right now is a good plan, because I love this team as much as everyone else, but there's a 0% chance we win if we have to go through two of CBJ, PIT, and WSH and the only way to guarantee that doesn't happen is to land in WC1.

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    The more I think about it, the more i think it would suck going through the Atlantic.

    If the Rangers do that and win the Cup, then there is going to be an asterisk next to it forever. And when we're talking about what this core group has accomplished three years from now when everyone wants to burn everything to the ground the "please, they didn't even have to play WAS/CBJ" arguments will come out in full force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    The more I think about it, the more i think it would suck going through the Atlantic.

    If the Rangers do that and win the Cup, then there is going to be an asterisk next to it forever. And when we're talking about what this core group has accomplished three years from now when everyone wants to burn everything to the ground the "please, they didn't even have to play WAS/CBJ" arguments will come out in full force.
    I was actually thinking about this the other day. I think the only way it really works out is if OTT wins the division and we end up as the WC1 spot.
    OTT/NYR
    MTL/BOS

    WAS/TOR
    PIT/CBJ

    Pray Boston takes out MTL. I know you mentioned in the out of town scoreboard thread that you don't think we matchup well against Ottawa though, so really, idk. No road is ever easy to the Conference Final or Cup Final. We're the 5th best team in the league and we're worried about playing our own division. I get it, but LOL.
    Out: Girardi, Klein, Stepan, Raanta
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    Quote Originally Posted by booze and wingz View Post
    Pray Boston takes out MTL. I know you mentioned in the out of town scoreboard thread that you don't think we matchup well against Ottawa though, so really, idk. No road is ever easy to the Conference Final or Cup Final. We're the 5th best team in the league and we're worried about playing our own division. I get it, but LOL.
    Well yea, but that's because 3 of the 4 better teams are in our division lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Well yea, but that's because 3 of the 4 better teams are in our division lol
    I know I know. I don't want to get steamrolled by the Pens again, but I don't think this team is getting steamrolled in the first round, no matter who they play. Despite what AV might or might not do in the playoffs, the roster players seem to be playing more with an edge. I'm not saying that edge wins games, a series, or the cup, but I don't think they'll get steamrolled by anyone.
    Out: Girardi, Klein, Stepan, Raanta
    In: Shattenkirk, Desharnais, Pavalec, DeAngelo/Bereglazalov/Pionk

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    Quote Originally Posted by booze and wingz View Post
    I know I know. I don't want to get steamrolled by the Pens again, but I don't think this team is getting steamrolled in the first round, no matter who they play. Despite what AV might or might not do in the playoffs, the roster players seem to be playing more with an edge. I'm not saying that edge wins games, a series, or the cup, but I don't think they'll get steamrolled by anyone.
    Yea I agree with that.

    The Pens are the only team I'd be "scared" of. We just don't match up with them well...they play the same way as the Sens except have a lot more talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    The more I think about it, the more i think it would suck going through the Atlantic.

    If the Rangers do that and win the Cup, then there is going to be an asterisk next to it forever. And when we're talking about what this core group has accomplished three years from now when everyone wants to burn everything to the ground the "please, they didn't even have to play WAS/CBJ" arguments will come out in full force.
    disagree, for how many stanley cup champs can you name the three teams they beat to get to the SCF?

    for the Rangers in '94, I can't remember who they beat before the Devils and Canucks. I had to look it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fletch View Post
    disagree, for how many stanley cup champs can you name the three teams they beat to get to the SCF?

    for the Rangers in '94, I can't remember who they beat before the Devils and Canucks. I had to look it up.
    I can tell you who they beat and the score of all the games


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vodka Drunkenski View Post
    I can tell you who they beat and the score of all the games


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    They ass fucked the Isles in 4. I think they won 6-0 in both games at home, I was there. Then slapped the Caps in 5. I was at game 1 and 5. Leetch had the gw in game 5, I think. I spent 5k in tickets that playoff year. What a fuckin crazy idiot.
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