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Preds D-Men Carrying Rinne to Strong Postseason

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 With a .941 save percentage through the first three rounds, it is easy to see why Pekka Rinne has emerged as a favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Goaltenders with those type of gaudy numbers are easily identified and goaltenders only trail centers in the traditional voting results for MVP. […]

Here’s Why the Senators Continue to Roll

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 They are at it again. The Senators bullied the defending Stanley Cup champions into a corner with their decisive 5-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, pushing their Cinderella run much further than anybody anticipated. The Senators are starting to push into uncharted post-lockout territory. Teams with […]

Puck Luck Abandons Rangers at the Wrong Time

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 The Rangers have built their recent foundation of success on elite goaltending and torrid shooting streaks. With this type of blueprint, it is possible to be outchanced and outpossesed and still emerge victorious. The Blueshirts moved away from this over-reliance this season and it is ironic that their elimination came at […]

Skjei and Smith: Mobile and Shutdown Defenders

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 The Rangers may have entered their series with the Senators as heavy favorites, but actually their regular-season shot metrics painted a picture of a team who could struggle with the team speed of Ottawa. The Senators also boasted an early Conn Smythe candidate in Erik Karlsson who had dominated the Bruins […]

Sens, Karlsson More Dangerous Than You Think

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 It’s hard to look at the Ottawa Senators as a formidable foe when essentially everybody thinks the Rangers are a lock for the Eastern Conference Final. Most playoff predictors have the Sens as the least likely team to advance into Round 2. It’s fairly easy to see why: The Senators have […]