Per a graphic from SportsLine, the NY Rangers have the fifth highest odds to win the Stanley Cup in this summer’s playoffs.
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My own spelling error aside, SportsLine has the Rangers at an 8.4% chance of winning the Cup. That’s a percentage point and a half ahead of the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. It’s also a full seven percentage points ahead of their play-in opponent Carolina Hurricanes.
At first glance it seems rather foolish. However after sleeping on it, I guess I see where they are coming from. The Rangers have three goalies capable of stealing a series or two if they get hot. They also have one of the most potent offenses in the league with a Hart Trophy candidate and the league’s top goals-per-game player this season. Elite goaltending, elite scoring. That’s what gets it done in the playoffs.
I still think the defense, which has a huge hole on the left side, is going to eventually be their downfall in the playoffs. However if a goalie gets hot, and if the scoring doesn’t dry up, then you know what, perhaps this team can make some noise.