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NHL Playoff Preview: Devils vs. Rangers

by Jeff Briggs

Since I, nor most anyone I know follows hockey religiously I asked someone who does to take a look at the upcoming hockey playoffs. For this I turned to my roommate John, who not only follows hockey, but may be the only person alive who subscribes to the NHL Center Ice package.

#4 New Jersey Devils vs. #5 New York Rangers
(Season Series – Rangers lead 7-0-1)

This Atlantic Division match-up puts Brodeur’s Devils up against Jagr’s Rangers. Both teams play similar styles (defensive), and relied heavily on great goaltending to get them to this point. This should be a hard-hitting low scoring affair, a war of attrition if you will. These two teams played a game on March 27 which ended with 103 hits. That is about 60 more then the average regular season game had this season, and you can look forward to more of the same in this series. Expect a couple 1-0 and 2-1 games, sprinkle in a couple overtime sessions and you got yourself a great series. The goaltending match-up is a wash, so the series should come down to someone scoring some big time goals in the 3rd period and the extra session (Mr. Drury anyone?). My money is on the Jagr/Drury duo outscoring Elias/Madden to take it in a series that will resemble many from the pre-lockout era. Whoever said low-scoring hockey wasn’t entertaining?

Prediction:


Rangers in 7 games