As we approach the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Too Many Men On The Site will be taking a look at the teams that have qualified. Included will be stats, record, and why they will and will not win the Stanley Cup. Next up are the New York Rangers
New York Rangers- 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference
1. Martin St. Louis (30 G, 39 A, 69 PTS)
2. Mats Zuccarello (19 G, 40 A, 59 PTS)
3. Derek Stepan (17 G, 40 A, 57 PTS)
Why the Rangers Will Win the Cup:
After making some bold moves at the trade deadline, GM Glen Sather made it clear that the Rangers need to win now. The addition of veteran Martin St. Louis to a deep forward line that includes the likes of well-established stars Rick Nash and Brad Richards gives this team an amazing look up front on paper. Those “Broadway Three” coupled with upcoming stars Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan allows coach Alain Vigneault to use many different options on the attack and on the powerplay.
The Rangers are also 4th in the league in Goals Against Average (2.33), behind Stanley Cup favourites Kings, Bruins, and Blues, putting them among the elite when it comes to defence and goaltending. Their all-round solid defence corps should be good enough to be competitive with the top teams, but their goaltending is very dangerous. Extremely talented and experienced Henik Lundqvist wants to finally win a Cup and will be determined to do so after a rough start. Even if the King doesn’t do so well, the Rangers can put in youngster Cam Talbot, who has had a stellar season in the series to shake up the momentum.
Why the Rangers Wll Not Win the Cup:
Yes, the Rangers look good on paper, but are they clutch in the playoffs? Many people thought that the Rangers were going to win the Stanley Cup last season after a massive offseason that saw them acquire Nash, but were a little disappointing. They have been eliminated by the Eastern Conference playoff champion the past two seasons (Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils), meaning that they may have trouble if they are up against a top tier team. If the Rangers defeat the Flyers in the first round, they will likely have to play the Penguins, who are major contenders obviously, so that possible series will be a major hurdle.
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