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So I'm going to get myself in trouble with a lot of other Sabre fans for doing this, but...I've heard enough about how "great" the Rangers are after playing "playoff" hockey over their last 25 games to get into the playoffs. Let's look at those 25 games (only W/L regardless of OT points):

(N= non-playoff team, Y=playoff team)
15 W @ CAR - N
17 L vs PHL - N
18 W vs CHI - N
20 L @ NJ - Y
22 L vs NJ - Y
24 L vs CLS - N
27 W vs MTL - N
(6 games: 0-2 against playoff teams and 3-1 against non-playoff teams)

1 L vs PIT - Y
3 W vs STL - N
5 W vs NYI - Y
8 W @ NYI - Y
10 L @ PIT - Y
11 W vs CAR - N
13 L vs OTT - Y
16 L @ ATL - Y
17 W vs BOS - N
19 W vs PIT - Y
21 W vs PHL - N
24 W @ BOS - N
25 W @ NYI - Y
27 L @ MTL - N
31 W @ PHL - N
(21 games: 4-6 vs playoff teams and 9-2 vs non-playoff teams)

1 W vs TOR - N
3 L @ NYI - Y
5 W vs MTL - N
7 L @ PIT - Y
(25 games: 4-8 vs playoff teams and 11-2 vs non-playoff teams)

For those of you doing the math at home, that's a losing record against playoff teams. In fact, 3 of their 4 wins against playoff teams were against the NY Islanders. So they were 1-7 against playoff teams if we exclude the Islanders. I understand the Rangers don't have control over the teams placed on their schedule, but just because they're from NY the media hype that's been building about them has just been ridiculous.

This post isn't about comparing the Rangers to the Sabres. I fully expect the remaining games of this series will be a lot closer than game 1. I'm also not coronating the Sabres as Cup champs after one game (even though Ranger fans were doing just that for their team after one series). All I'm saying is the Rangers playoff run has been a lot of smoke and mirrors.
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April 27, 2007 10:25 AM ET | Delete
Thats real strong research
April 27, 2007 11:46 AM ET | Delete
i had been hearing about his for a couple days but have been too busy to get the facts for myself....so, thank you....i could't really believe the hype, anyway, after watching them play a bantam squad dressed in thrasher's uniforms in the 1st round
April 27, 2007 2:44 PM ET | Delete
This is a terrible matchup for the Rangers. Sabres in five.
April 27, 2007 6:49 PM ET | Delete
Great research, good to see people posting hockey facts, rather than speculation and opinion and "he said/she said" crap.Sabres in six.
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