When the lockout concluded, John Tortorella‘s New York Rangers certainly didn’t expect to be fighting for their playoff lives in the final week of the regular season. The Rangers were picked by many as a favorite to reach the Stanley Cup Final out of the Eastern Conference, but Tortorella’s club has not been able to meet those lofty expectations.
But with 52 points, the Blueshirts would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, and NESN’s Andy Brickley thinks they could pose a serious threat to the Bruins in the first round if they secure the No. 7 seed.
One of the three matchups between the two squads required overtime and another ended in a shootout, and New York still boasts one of the league’s top goaltenders in Henrik Lundqvist. Last year’s Vezina Trophy winner ranks fifth in the NHL in save percentage (.926) and sixth in goals against average (2.08), and Bruins fans know very well how a top-notch goaltender can change a team’s fortunes in the postseason.
For more analysis from Brick, check out the video above.