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The New York Rangers Are Primed For A Win Tonight

I am pickng the New York Rangers to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes at Betwqay in Raleigh tonight.

As Larry Brooks of the New York Post wrote last night, the Rangers need to fix a few items,

The Rangers have talked all season about the need to play a complete 60 minutes. Rarely have they been able to do it. Rarely has there been a steady trajectory from the first shift to the last. At times there have been slow starts. At other times there have been bad second periods. Sometimes there have been third periods in which the Rangers have gone into a shell.

All teams face surges and momentum swings, even more so in the playoffs, when emotion becomes a constant companion. The Rangers seem to have an extremely difficult time identifying these quickly enough to cut them off quickly. Instead, it has been commonplace for them to go through stretches of 12, 15, 17 minutes or more in which they’re stuck in a ditch spinning their wheels.

That has been as much of a mark of this team as its resilience has been.

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We all know the Rangers are a young team and do not have much playoff experience.  Enter Gerard Gallant and his leadership.

I expect Gallant will calm down his team, play a full game tonight but the Hurricanes are the better team so it should be a battle and an enjoyable game to watch.

Note puck drop is just past 8pm ET tonight.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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