Our research staff at Blog Headquarters has been up all night poring over statistics in a dimly-lit room. Or at least that’s what I’m telling people. The reality is I just came up with this in about 45 seconds over a leisurely cup of coffee:
Of the six opponents the Rangers have faced with at least 40 points, the team is now an impressive 4-2-4. Throw in the two wins over the Devils, and the Rangers are 6-2-4 against teams with at least 36 points.
Start mapping the parade route!
I kid, of course. But what it shows is that the Rangers might soon be worthy of being lumped in with the elite teams in the league. They have already proven themselves capable of skating with anyone. The next part is proving they can beat anyone over the grind of a seven-game series.
Are they there yet? No, probably not. But with their goaltending peaking, and with seven of their last eight goals coming from outside their Big Four of Jagr, Shanahan, Nylander, and Straka, it appears they’re getting closer.
OK, this concludes the rose-colored glasses portion of our program. A few more thoughts:
OK, that’s all for now. More later…