Originally Posted by NJChiefsFan
Torts went way over the top with his blocking and tough team concept. They were essentially playing a penalty-kill system when it was 5 on 5. Add to that what was a very under rated Devils forecheck and you got a series dominated by NJ save for the 1st game. The Devils past ways are just that.
The Rangers have a lot of contract issues coming up, with Gaborik most likely leaving next year and them then having to try and keep all their young pieces. This is the year for them. Not surprisingly, I am hoping it doesn't work out.
The one thing I really want to see is how Nash plays with a very skillful center finally AND how he reacts to the playoffs & plays in the playoffs. Also, I'm a firm believer that this has to be the year that Staal proves he's an elite defenseman. I've been calling him out for the last two years as an over-hyped borderline bust.
The silent killer for the Rangers however, is their 3rd defensive pairing - absolute trash. The Washington series exposed that BIG TIME. Having McDonagh play almost 53min in that overtime game is a major red flag.