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Playoff Schedule Favors The Penguins

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Tanner Glass has a pretty good grasp of how lousy the New York Rangers might feel after the coming weekend.

“For me, the back-to-back games, that's when you feel it,” the Penguins' most physical forward was saying Thursday at Consol Energy Center. “I mean, practice is one thing, but hockey — no, playoff hockey — that's another level. Guys have trouble sleeping after a playoff game. You're still all jacked up, way after the game ends. And then you have to get out of bed and go right at it again the next day … it's tough, man.”

Now, extrapolate that to reflect the Rangers' ridiculous schedule issued by the NHL for this second round of Stanley Cup playoffs that opens Friday night at Consol, goes again Sunday, then flips Monday to Madison Square Garden. That'll be five games in seven days for the Rangers, who eliminated Philadelphia in Game 7 on Wednesday. It'll also be six games in nine days, not to mention four travel days and all the requisite bumps, bruises and bloody knuckles that come with facing the Flyers.

“A quick exhale” was how the Rangers' Brad Richards described the 45 free hours they'll get.

Sure sets up well for the home team, doesn't it?

And no, not just because the Penguins have enjoyed three full days of rest since Game 6 in Columbus. There are all kinds of favorable elements falling into place:


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Evilpens's avatar

Dejan ! not Ejan Paul ! & I can’t tell if he is trolling the Pens by picking them in 5 or if he is still drinking the Black & Baby Shit Gold kool-aid. he picked the Pens in 5 over the BJ’s & the Rags are MUCH better than the BJ’s

Posted by Evilpens on 05/02/14 at 11:01 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Thank EP.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/02/14 at 11:05 AM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Surprise, surprise.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 05/02/14 at 12:42 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Word from the league has it that the Penguins will be allowed an extra man on the ice as well.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/02/14 at 12:54 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

soo how are the Wings doing in the playoffs??  oooooops sorry LOL

Posted by Evilpens on 05/02/14 at 01:06 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Heh…I had wondered where EP had went.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/02/14 at 02:30 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

mrfluffy still around! & I said rangers win in 6! Not buying this team or coach at all!, If the BJ’s had a Better offense they would have beaten the Pens in 4 straight

Posted by Evilpens on 05/02/14 at 02:38 PM ET

Steve in San Francisco's avatar

It must have been a source of much discussion around the league offices as to which team the NHL should favour in this series. Not surprised they went with the Pens, tho.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 05/02/14 at 07:50 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Go Rangers.

Posted by bigfrog on 05/02/14 at 08:49 PM ET

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