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Video: New York the underdog regardless of who wins West?

May 30, 2014, 6:11 PM EDT

During Friday’s Edward Jones Face Time live online video chat, former Devils great Ken Daneyko talked about New York Rangers’ opponent in the Stanley Cup Final — either the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings — and why the Blueshirts will be the underdog regardless of who advances from the West.

Here’s the video:

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  1. philk0731 - May 30, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    They’ve been the underdog throughout the playoffs, hasn’t stopped them yet.

    • steelcity333 - May 30, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      They weren’t the underdog vs. Philly and were very slight underdogs vs. Montreal, even if they were in the first place (from what I saw more people were picking New York to win those series). They will be underdogs vs. Chicago or LA but don’t count them out.

  2. pone27 - May 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Praying my Hawks pull off beating LA, but regardless, Rangers are not being either the Hawks or the Kings.

    Lundy will have to be even better than he was vs Montreal.

    • jkay1818 - May 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      pone, what are your reasons behind this? I keep reading/seeing people say hawks or kings will kill them, but why?
      They had one less win than both of those teams this season.
      They got off to that atrocious start due to the road trip, learning a new system, henrik being a little dinged up and having the contract controversy, but, the past few mos the rangers have had a better record than both teams.
      it’s easy to say they will lose, but why? many will argue this team is a lot better now than mid season. the addition of st louis to that lineup stretches their depth and makes them much more potent offensively. They are more skilled on the back end with klein than del zotto, and they have also grown as a team and have a ton of chemistry and seem to be a very close knit crew.
      A lot of those sloppy goals the kings have been getting this series would be tough to do against the NYR. They do an excellent job at keeping teams away from the net, holding them to the perimeter and are rarely sloppy aside from a few lapses. Lundqvist is also a better goaltender than Quick. It’s a tough call because the past few months the rangers have been as good as anyone and has boasted a better record than them over the second half. Kings have been rolling, but, they havent faced a goalie like lundqvist yet. crawford has a ring but he hasn’t been lights out.
      regular season doesn’t mean a whole lot but the rangers went 3-1 combined vs both teams.
      Like i said, very easy to say they’ll get smoked, but why? They have great goaltending, score goals now, have a solid D and a ton of depth which is key throughout a long series.

      • jkay1818 - May 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        sorry, before even gets nuts, i meant to say lundqvist is a better goalie than crawford. hank and quick basically flip a coin.

      • sticks169 - May 30, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        Well said! Underdog for what reason? Because the west is so great? Well then, as underdogs, there is no pressure. Not sure why there seems to be the tone out there of there is no way the Rangers are winning the cup. Well guess what, we are still waiting to see who they play. There is a reason why they punched their ticket first. Look at what jkay1818 listed above. Let’s go Rangers!

      • billiam55 - May 31, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        nailed it on the head jkay.

  3. nashernation - May 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Totally agree with jkay.. I prefer the Rangers being the under dog but in no means are those teams heavy favorites. The Rangers have 4 real strong lines and an outstanding back line. The King in goal isn’t bad either.

  4. matt14gg - May 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    I just can’t see the Rangers having a chance. All along I felt the only team from the East that could win the Cup was the Bruins, because those teams are a better match up for the Bruins. I’ve never believed the Rangers or the Habs could win and I’d be skeptical of the Pens also, but only because of their goaltending issues.

    • sticks169 - May 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      And I am glad you have been very wrong so far.

    • johnstone17 - May 31, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      ……………………………….And that’s why they play the games.

  5. arrow43050 - May 31, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    There are two things to take into account here when judging whether or not the Rangers “have a chance.” The first is that against the Kings and Blackhawks during the regular season they were 3-1. Yes it’s the playoffs are completely different than the regular season but it shows the Rangers CAN Beat either team. It doesn’t mean they can beat either team in a 7-game series, but to win a 7-game series you just have to win one game and do that four times.

    The other thing is the Rangers’ team speed. Their speed matches up against anyone, but not just their forwards–they don’t have any defensemen who are orange traffic cone-caliber. Speed is the great equalizer in this game. You don’t have to be the most talented defender to catch a guy and then just poke at his stick as he is about to shoot and you don’t have to have a bunch of fancy offensive moves to get through defenders if you can just skate past them. This makes it easier to score goals and to prevent them and is an edge the Rangers have that will help them. I hope it’s enough to carry them through, but I can’t wait to watch and find out! :-)

  6. billiam55 - May 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM


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