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Discuss: Rangers officially eliminate Devils from playoff contention

Apr 21, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils’ playoff odds were extremely slim, but that probably didn’t make it much less fun for the New York Rangers to drive the final nail in that coffin with a 4-1 win on Sunday. Let’s get to the talking points.

  • This win strengthens the Rangers’ grip on the eighth seed in the East and also ties them in points with Ottawa (although the Senators have an extra game in hand). How hard should New York work to avoid a first round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins? Conversely, how worried might the Penguins be?
  • One nugget to justify possible worries: the Rangers are heating up (albeit against struggling teams). With this win, they’ve won their last three games by a combined score of 18-6.
  • Brad Richards had two assists following a hat trick in his last performance. How dangerous is this squad as a dark horse candidate if the well-compensated center can build on this momentum?
  • It wasn’t a great game for Martin Brodeur, who made some mistakes and allowed four goals on 22 shots. How much does he really have left after a rough season?
  • Either way, Johan Hedberg‘s contract expires after this season. Should GM Lou Lamoriello go after a starting-quality goalie or aim for more of a backup?
  1. trbowman - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Yeah, Brodeur was awful this season. Routinely let in a ton of softies.I think he’s done. The Cup Run last year was the last in his tank.

  2. trbowman - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    “One nugget to justify possible worries: the Rangers are heating up (albeit against struggling teams).”

    And they get to wrap up against Florida (calling them a hockey team might be a stretch) and Carolina, who isn’t far behind in suckitude.

    • bcisleman - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Followed by another game vs the NJD at MSG. NYR have to get 4 of a possible 6 points against these teams to clinch a playoff spot even if WPG wins its remaining 3 vs BUF, WSH & MTL. Unfortunately they probably will.

      • barkar942 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:12 AM

        Hey- be nice. I am a Ranger fan and happy to see the Isles have a good chance of getting in.

  3. crazemastercraze - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Rangers will eliminated in five. Time for the devils to rebuild. Need a top four stay at home defenseman and secondary scoring help.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Glad to see post season hockey at a venue like MSG great stuff ! Consol Energy center lacks luster !

    • President Charles Logan - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      iggles, your bitterness , resentment, and jealousy for the Penguins is so obvious !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        No bitterness,resentment,or jealousy just a healthy dislike ! Would not trade being a flyers fan for nothin !

  5. canucks30 - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Brodeur demanded a 2 year deal last Summer. I don’t think he’s going anywhere just yet.

  6. sjsharks66 - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    The officiating was terrible. That one ref needs to take the stick out of his ass. Hope he is not officiating the playoffs.

    Solid win by the rangers though.

    • gbditka - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      GAMBLERS: If NHL Referee Chris Rooney is calling a Devils game, put the house on the opponent…safer investment than any advice former NBA referee Tim Donaghy could provide you on a game he was calling!

  7. remosnozzberri82 - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Great game blue shirts! Heating up at the right time and playing with confidence. Dropping fat old Marty : priceless

  8. dumbassgreg - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    scary thing. yzerman is probably asking brodeur to play for canada one last time. he is best option available with cam ward hurt . otherwise it is dubnyk and the mason steve and chris. this team could be stacked on defense and forwards but in goal.d-oh

  9. MannySilvers - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Tough year for the NJD, key injuries like they had are just amplified in a shortened season. When team was healthy, losing Parise didn’t seem to hurt them too much, but when Kovy went down you could definitely feel the lack of another top forward.

    Team doesn’t need a complete rebuild, just a slight re-tooling. Acquiring a real top line forward would be great, but easier said than done. Bring up some of the kids on D and dump a couple of the older guys. We’ll get back at it next year.

    • barkar942 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      It was also obvious that Kovy is still hurt. Odds are that he will miss the rest of the season now that they are out.

  10. biffnasty - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    solid win..getting hot at the right time.

  11. jessejames182 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I think the question now is if New York wins will people blow it off cause of the lock out? I think teams that have had cup droughts will be scoffed at where as teams who have won in recent years will be given the benefit of the doubt. Although they get their names on Lord Stanley anyway so who really cares?

    • stakex - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Did people blow it off when the Devils won the cup in 1995? Not at all… the lockout was never and has never been a thought when talking about who won the cup in 1995. The same will be true this year. Its the same for all teams.

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        where have you been?? it most certainly has been an issue when mentioning the 95 cup, especially by your fan base

  12. stakex - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    “How hard should New York work to avoid a first round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins? Conversely, how worried might the Penguins be?”

    I actually think the Pens should be worried about playing the Rangers.

    The Rangers have the tools needed to slow down the Pens offense. They have a very solid defense, and perhaps the best goalie on the planet. No one is going to stop the Pens offense completely, but the Rangers could potentialy do a better just slowing it down then any other team in the East. On top of that, the Rangers offense if finaly starting to heat up, the Pens defense and goaltending are so-so at best, and the Rangers have the speed to match the Pens.

    I think all things being equal it could be one hell of a series, and the Pens might be hoping to play Ottawa in the first round instead… which seems more likely. They match up better against Ottawa then they do the Rangers.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Pens have a 108 goals against compared to the rangers 106 this season. Not sure how the rangers can have an elite goalie and great defense and the pens are just “so so”. 2 goals is apparently the difference between great and so so now? O yea and the pens a game in hand when I looked at those stats. Not to mention all the rangers offensive explosion lately has come against less then challenging opponents.

      • nicknyhc - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        Is Pittsburgh, PA completely devoid of any kind of logic?

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Please do elaborate. I backed up my statements with facts that can be found on Your not offering any rebuttal other then questioning my knowledge. I think you look like the unintelligent one.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      I don’t think the Pens should “fear” the Blueshirts anymore than any other team in the playoff hunt.

      The Rangers have a great goaltender which can singlehandedly win playoff series – no doubt about that – but there’s nothing about the rest of the team that is particularly scary. The Pens have had great success against them over the past two season (8-3 overall) and this year’s team is no where near as scary as last years.

      Don’t get me wrong – the Rangers are a good team. But the fact of the matter is the Pens should be able to dispatch the Rangers if that is in fact the round 1 match-up.

  13. jaybyrd99 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    As a ranger fan my only concern is making the playoffs,not who they play. Until there’s an “X” next to their name in the standings that’s all the team should be focused on too. Once in,as recently evidenced by the kings and 2010 flyers,anything can happen.
    Will the pens be a tough opponent if the rangers grab the 8th seed, of course. However I’d rather have them in and have a shot ,then eliminated before even entering the PO’s.

  14. President Charles Logan - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Rags have been beating bottom feeders , they are toast if they are stuck playing either the Pens the Habs or the Bruins

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