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Playoff matchups: Rangers draw surprise Senators

Apr 7, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist AP

The New York Rangers probably expected to face either the Florida Panthers or Washington Capitals in the first round, yet a busy Saturday shuffled things in interesting ways. They’ll instead face the eighth seed Ottawa Senators thanks in part to the Blueshirts’ decisive 4-1 loss to the Caps and Ottawa’s own 4-2 defeat at the hands of the New Jersey Devils.

It’s an interesting strength vs. strength (and perhaps weakness vs. weakness?) matchup. The Rangers have a great defensive system and an even better goalie in Henrik Lundqvist while Ottawa’s high-powered offense features Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek.

This should also be a showcase of Jack Adams-worthy candidates as fiery John Tortorella hopes to ward off Detroit Red Wings coaching tree product (and wonderfully moustachioed) bench boss Paul MacLean.

The Rangers are likely to be heavy favorites in this one, but chew on this: the Senators took three out of four games in the season series. Is that enough to sway your vote or should the Rangers advance as heavy favorites?

  1. dropthepuckeh - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    “The Rangers are likely to be heavy favorites in this one…” As the #1 seed in the conference? You don’t say…

  2. steelpenguin71 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Big mouth gets bounced round 1. LMFAO!

  3. cameltoews - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Worry about the pens you moron. #lgr

  4. babar61 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Rangers in 5.

  5. thehairychestsportsblog - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Ranger fans licky they missed the Caps.

  6. thehairychestsportsblog - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:48 PM


  7. bobhpine - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Caps in 7

  8. bethgoesglobal - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Depending on how Anderson plays in net this could be a surprisingly close series.

  9. danphipps01 - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    I’ll take Rangers in 6. Maybe 7 if Anderson gets hot, but he’s been unremarkable lately. He’ll need to be very sharp.

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