...these two teams much up extremely well. Two physical teams that depend on their defense to win them games. The Bruins are a bigger team than the Rangers, which is why hopefully getting Clowe back for the series would be huge.
...as is always the case with the Rangers, Lundqvist gives them a huge advantage. The Bruins actually showcased a bit of offense in their first round match-up as they scored 22 goals in their seven games series against the Maple Leafs, led by David Krejci who had 5g, 8a, so the Rangers netminder will once again be counted on to carry the load. Lundqvist's career numbers against the Bruins are ridiculous as he is 21-7-2 with a 1.67 gaa, .943 sv% and six shutouts.
...as I said yesterday, I expect a low scoring, knock em down, drag em out series that sadly for our health will go seven games with the Rangers being triumphant.
Bruins were not a two seed they were a 4 seed they lost the division to Montreal who was a 2 seed what r these clowns smoking over there that post this crap on tv
Some crazy blind fan talk here right now. I have faith we can do it - but c'mon... The Bruins might be banged up a little - but Rangers offense is no big threat to any team. Bruins play a solid TEAM defense and have a bunch of guys who hit. They are a tougher team than the Caps fer sure. Also - Toronto almost won vs Bruins because they are a good team as well. They came back from 3-1 against a good Bruins team. It's not like the Leafs are a pushover - they beat the Rangers a few times in the regular season. The Bruins forwards are gonna be a lot tougher than the Caps and there will be a ton of traffic in front of the King. I hope we can weather the storm and keep up with the balanced attack that emerged late in the Caps series. Hopefully Rask gets rattled. He ain't no Henrik. This might go 7 folks. Gotta get a cardiologist on speed dial....
I say Rangers in 6. Let's face it, Boston was dangerously close to losing to the Leafs. I don't think Reimer or the Leafs D is even close to how good Lundqvist and the Rangers D is. I can guarantee everyone that Boston will not be scoring as many goals as their last series. If Nash and Richards can give serious contributions and our bottom lines continue to produce, Rangers can get it done.
So if Zuccarello forechecks Chara, will it be called a trip since he will hit him at ankle height?
The Bruins 1st round offense came from averaging over 38 shots per game in the series, Toronto's defense is nowhere near as good as the Rangers' D, and I do believe Hank is a little better than James Reimer, so I wouldn't expect the Boston offense to be a big advantage. To me, this comes down to Hank and Rask. If Rask is shaky at all, the Rangers could take this quickly. If he's on his game, it will be a long series and come down to puck luck, IMO.
Uummmm...the Bruins are not a bigger team that the Rangers. They have a single D who is bigger but any amount in Chara, the rest while some are a little heavier, or a little taller, are all right around the Rangers D size. As for forwards, they have Lucic, who plays even bigger than he is, but if he has to go up against Boyle all the time, well, he will have to go pound for pound, inch for inch. Lucic is by FAR their biggest forward, and the Rangers have 3 or 4 guys who have near the same height and weight, otherwise, the rangers forwards and bruins forwards are all very close to the same size.
Everyone I work with here is Boston is concerned with the Bruins D. They're playing two rookies because of injuries. Ference, Seidienberg and (dare I say it) Redden are all questionable.
This could be another series where the top lines are shut down and its the secondary scoring that makes the difference. Much like the Capitals, the Bruins played a team in the first round that preferred fast, high scoring games, which may have led to the bruins scoring more goals than anyone may have expected, just like the Rangers. I agree that both teams here are going to settle into the kind of game they prefer to play. Should be plenty of baning bodies. I just hope Chara doesn't break any ankles this year.
Rangers in 5. Lundqvist is too good right now. Girardi and McD will lock down their top line and the Bruins won't get the secondary scoring. The balance and the secondary scoring the Rangers are getting right now will be too much for the Bruins to handle.
@Rangerfan41 I don't know man. I look at the Bruins line-up and they seem beefier than the Rangers. Chara, Lucic, Boychuk, Thornton, Horton, Jagr, Hamilton, McQuaid.
Rangers have Clowe, Boyle, Nash and Pyatt.
And of the Rangers guys, I really don't see Nash and Pyatt throwing the body around much.
@Jbianco BTW thats another point I wanted to make. Hank is no longer great he has reached that very rare level beyond great!!!! I truly believe he would have won Game-7 1-0 if he had to.
@KevinDeLury @Rangerfan41 But neither will Jagr or even Horton really throw the body. Thornton might be bigger than Ashem, but they cancel, and Ashem has the edge with speed and agility. McQuaide and Hamilton are both tall (6'4" and 6'5") but both under or right near 200 pounds...MDZ is bigger than both when you take height and weight. And meanwhile they have just as many guys under 6 foot or right at 6 foot tall and under 200... they are not bigger than the Rangers as a whole...they have a couple guys who are bigger, and one really just plays bigger in Lucic...but do you really think that Lucic is that much stronger than OV? I mean, if McD and Giradi can shut down OV, Lucic who has much less skill and has less weight behind his moves can be shut down as well. The bruins are not a bigger team, they just have a few bigger players...and of those bigger players only like 2 or 3 actually play big...Jagr doesn't play big, and is 36, Horton doesn't use his size nearly as much as he should (like Boyle), and don't forget Kreider, who is over 200...I know now a few places say 201, but that would be a big weight loss from last year....maybe he did lose that much. Still, the Rangers and Bruins are matched up well size wise. except for that manster Chara...yes manster.
I thought it was awesome to see that even when that game was 5-0 in the third he was still putting 100% effort into making every save. He looked as determined to not let in a goal as if the game was 1-0. That is a true competitor and the reason I am confident going into any series with him in goal.