by Patrick Hoffman on 04/12/12 at 09:00 AM ET
Well folks, it is finally here. The New York Rangers embark on their playoff journey tonight as they get set to take on the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 at Madison Square Garden.
A lot has been said and debated regarding this series and for now, it is time to put that all aside. Believe it or not, what was said means absolutely nothing because as fans, you do not and cannot control what will go on the ice in this series.
While this series looks easy for the Blueshirts based on the regular season standings, it will not be such once it begins. Remember, the Senators won the regular season series 3-1 and while it may mean nothing now, there is no doubt that the Senators have a history of giving the Blueshirts trouble.
The Senators know how to put the puck in the net. With players like Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, Erik Karlsson, there is no doubt that the Senators will be able to generate some offense on Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
With that said, the Blueshirts know how to play defense. They block shots, they play the body, they know how to move the puck out of the zone and were third in the league in goals against.
When it comes to offense, the Rangers are no slouches. Guys like Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan know how to produce on a consistent basis while other players such as Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, and Artem Anisimov provide solid secondary scoring for the club.
Other than that, there really is not much to say until after Game 1. We can all predict how the series is going to go but the truth of the matter is that we are not experts and do not know what is going to happen.
With that said, let’s enjoy this series because believe it or not, the Blueshirts finished first in the Atlantic, first in the Eastern Conference and for the first time since may be 1994, are considered contenders for hockey’s Holy Grail.
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