Monday, May 16, 2022

Rangers Rally from down 3-1 in Series to beat Pens

Awesome game 7 win by the Rangers. The younger, faster team with the better goalie won. Who was worried? Onward to the next round.

Here is a roundup of some game 7 celebratory recaps:

Larry Brooks / NY Post:
Rangers’ refusal to surrender mirrors 2015 team’s winning DNA --
Igor Shesterkin returned, too. He returned to the form that earned the 26-year-old finalist designations for both the Hart and Vezina trophies, putting those nightmares from Games 3 and 4 to bed for good. Shesterkin returned and so did the Rangers return to the template they rode to a 110-point season, that, by the way, has been fully validated.
Peter Botte / NY Post:
Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad finally gets his big Garden moment --
The 29-year-old Zibanejad has been with the Rangers since a trade from Ottawa in 2016, and he signed a eight-year contract extension worth $68 million in 2021. The Swedish center said the atmosphere at the Garden was unlike any he’s heard, especially the emotional eruption after he assisted on Panarin’s OT winner.
The Comeback Kids Do It Again! Rangers Eliminate Penguins in a Game 7 OT Thriller -- 
I’m still shaking as I write these words! On Sunday night at M$G, the New York Rangers overcame everything, and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a final score of 4-3...
Jenna Lemoncelli / NY Post:
Sidney Crosby blasts NHL’s ‘terrible’ helmet rule after Penguins’ Game 7 loss --
Sidney Crosby believes the NHL’s “terrible” helmet rule cost the Penguins in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers in Game 7 on Sunday...
Steve Paulus / Blueline Station:
Hey stupid, you should have put your helmet back on --
By saying that the rule was the difference, Crosby just enhances his reputation as a whiner. That’s not what you expect from a future Hall of Famer and a team captain...
Blueshirt Banter:
OT Thriller Pushes Blueshirts on to the Second Round -- 
Artemi Panarin, who had been so quiet this series that some speculated an injury, made the shot heard ‘round the Garden. And just like that, the memory of the game one is gone.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Long Odds for Rangers

The sportsbooks are not giving the New York Rangers very favorable odds of winning the Stanley Cup as they go into the playoffs. One statistical analysis gives them a 0.7% chance of winning the cup. That seems to be pretty much the consensus. Well, the NY Rangers will just have to prove everyone wrong.

Odds of NHL teams winning the Stanley Cup

Rangers 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs odds: (DraftKings Sportsbook)
Odds to win Stanley Cup: +1600
Odds to win Eastern Conference: +800
Odds to win first round series vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: -110

However, the sports/hockey pundits give the Rangers a good chance in the 1st round versus the Pens.
ESPN:  No. 2 New York Rangers vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins

Sean Allen: Rangers in six
Brian Boucher: Rangers in six
John Buccigross: Rangers in five
Ryan Callahan: Rangers
Cassie Campbell-Pascall: Penguins in six
Sachin Chandan: Rangers in six
Chris Chelios: Rangers in six
Linda Cohn: Rangers in seven
Rick DiPietro: Rangers
Ray Ferraro: Rangers in six
Leah Hextall: Penguins in six
Emily Kaplan: Rangers in seven
Tim Kavanagh: Rangers in five
Hilary Knight: Rangers in five
Don La Greca: Rangers in six
Peter Lawrence-Riddell: Penguins in seven
Steve Levy: Rangers in six
Victoria Matiash: Rangers in six
Sean McDonough: Rangers in six
Barry Melrose: Penguins in seven
Mark Messier: Rangers in seven
AJ Mleczko: Rangers in five
Dominic Moore: Rangers in five
Arda Ă–cal: Rangers in six
Kristen Shilton: Rangers in seven
John Tortorella: Penguins in six
Kevin Weekes: Rangers in six
Bob Wischusen: Rangers in seven
Greg Wyshynski: Penguins in six

Consensus pick: Rangers, 23/29

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