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Metro Division Finals Game 5: Rangers on the brink

Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Another night, another big game for the Rangers. This time, it’s win or go home. Well, it’s win and come home too, but you know what I mean. The Rangers have been thoroughly thrashed for two of the past three games, and had the worst luck ever conceived by man for that other one (Game Three). If they play like they did in Games One and Three, they have a shot. If they play like they did in Games Two and Four, they are done.

Justin did an entire breakdown of this series, and it’s great reading if you haven’t done so already. The Rangers will need to find a way to win. I think if they win tonight, they will also win Game Six and send it back to Pittsburgh for a Game Seven. That’s a big IF though.

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Metro Division Finals Game 4: Penguins at Rangers

Photo: SI.com

Photo: SI.com

The Rangers are in what amounts to a must-win situation tonight, as they look to even the series at home. Alain Vigneault has been mum and a bit coy on the situation, but the Rangers appear to be getting Chris Kreider back tonight, which will inject some more life and speed into a lineup that sorely needs it.

Justin did an entire breakdown of this series, and it’s great reading if you haven’t done so already. The Rangers will need to get some legs under them, as they appeared gassed and completely unable to keep up with the fresher Penguins in the previous two games. They finally had an off day, so that should help

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Metro Division Finals Game 3: Penguins at Rangers

Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA Today

Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA Today

For some inexplicable reason, the Rangers and Penguins are playing a back-to-back, and Game Three is tonight less than 24 hours after Game Two ended in Pittsburgh. The Penguins took Game Two in dominating fashion to even the series, but the Rangers came out victors by splitting the two games in Pittsburgh.

Justin did an entire breakdown of this series, and it’s great reading if you haven’t done so already. The Rangers will need to get some legs under them, as they appeared gassed and completely unable to keep up with the fresher Penguins. The schedule sure isn’t helping, but that’s not an excuse.

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Metro Division Finals Game 2: Rangers at Penguins

Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers scored twice in overtime on Friday night to take a 1-0 series lead, and stole home-ice advantage in the process. The Penguins were exploited twice for abandoning the slot and paid the prices. The Rangers were exploited twice for not picking up the trailer at the blue line. Both teams will make adjustments tonight. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were quiet on Friday, but that won’t last for long either.

Justin did an entire breakdown of this series, and it’s great reading if you haven’t done so already. This series will be won with special teams, but the Rangers –believe it or not– held the advantage at even strength during the regular season. If they can stay out of the box and exploit the fairly weak Pittsburgh defense and goaltending, as they did in Game One, they have a solid chance of coming home with a 2-0 series lead.

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Metro Division Finals Game 1: Rangers at Penguins

Two pretty important players. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

Two pretty important players. (Photo: Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

After ousting the Flyers in seven games on Wednesday, the Rangers are now in Pittsburgh to kick off the Metropolitan Division Finals against the Penguins. Many consider Pittsburgh to be the second best team in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Bruins. The Penguins are certainly much better than the Flyers, but they are not without their flaws.

Justin did an entire breakdown of this series, and it’s great reading if you haven’t done so already. This series will be won with special teams, but the Rangers –believe it or not– held the advantage at even strength during the regular season. If they can stay out of the box and exploit the fairly weak Pittsburgh defense and goaltending, the Rangers have as good a chance as any.

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Metro Division Semis Game 7: Just win please

Need something from you big guy. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

Need something from you big guy. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

We all knew the narratives heading into this series. We all knew that the Flyers surged at the end of the season. But on paper, this series should not have gone seven games. But that’s why they play the games, and now it’s one game. The previous six don’t matter.

The Rangers need their big guns to play like their big guns. Rick Nash needs to be a force. Martin St. Louis needs to channel his play from the first five games, same with Derek Stepan. Benoit Pouliot really needs to stop taking stupid penalties. Henrik Lundqvist needs to make big saves.

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Metro Division Semis Game 6: Rangers at Flyers

End it tonight please. (Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

End it tonight please. (Photo: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are in Philly tonight to hopefully end this series in six games and win a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the next round. Philly won’t go down without a fight, and they have shown more desperation when trailing in this series. New York is going to need to buck this trend of losing games when up in the series, and tonight is a perfect opportunity to do just that.

For a complete preview of this series, including the systems Craig Berube has the Flyers playing, check out this post by Suit. Don’t forget that Justin wrote a post on Steve Mason’s goaltending style.

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Metro Division Semis Game 5: Flyers at Rangers

Would be super if they won. (Adam Hunger / USA Today Sports)

Would be super if they won. (Adam Hunger / USA Today Sports)

So much for taking a two game lead in this series. The Rangers failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity on Friday night, and now the series has become a best-of-three. Steve Mason may have stolen Game Four for the Flyers, but the Rangers still hold the overwhelming advantage in every major stat except for the only one that matters: wins. Suffice it to say, they don’t want to head to Philly down 3-2, so this is a must-win for the Rangers.

For a complete preview of this series, including the systems Craig Berube has the Flyers playing, check out this post by Suit. Don’t forget that Justin wrote a post on Steve Mason’s goaltending style.

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Metro Division Semis Game 4: Rangers at Flyers

Photo: LoHud

Photo: LoHud

After a relatively underwhelming performance in Game Two, the Rangers regained control of the series and home ice advantage with a very strong showing in Game Three, grabbing a 2-1 series lead. While tonight’s game isn’t a must-win game for the Rangers, it’s a for-the-love-of-all-that-is-holy-please-take-a-two-game-lead game for them. Seriously, I know you guys are pretty sick of them never taking a two game lead. Tonight though, they will need to do it against a returning Steve Mason.

For a complete preview of this series, including the systems Craig Berube has the Flyers playing, check out this post by Suit. Don’t forget that Justin wrote a post on Steve Mason’s goaltending style.

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Metro Division Semis Game 3: Rangers at Flyers

(Photo: Adam Hunger/USA Today)

(Photo: Adam Hunger/USA Today)

The Rangers took Game One in relatively dominating fashion on Thursday night, but followed that up by blowing a two goal lead and giving up four straight goals to the Flyers.The Rangers were a better team on the road this year than at home, so let’s hope that translates into playoff wins.

They will need to weather the early storm that every road team must, but once For a complete preview of this series, including the systems Craig Berube has the Flyers playing, check out this post by Suit. Justin wrote a post on Steve Mason’s goaltending style, but until he’s in net, it’ll be Ray Emery in net.

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