Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 5/16/13
Rick Nash will have his hands full with Zdeno Chara A slew of injuries to Boston blueliners have some convinced the Rangers will roll through their second round matchup, but we should know by now that nothing comes easy for New York. Still, the Blueshirts have a good shot at advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals if they follow these keys to victory. Mitigate Boston’s advantage on faceoffs It’s no coincidence that the team with the faceoff edge won five of seven games in New York’s first round matchup.  Sure, there’s more to it than that, but winning faceoffs is one way to guarantee puck possession.  For the second year in a row, Boston led the league in faceoff percentage by a wide margin, at 56.4%.  First round hero Patrice Bergeron (62.1%) is far and away the best faceoff man in the league and will be a handful in this series.  New York has been bipolar at the dots all year long, but the Rangers’ pivots will have to bring their “A” game to slow down Boston. Win the special teams
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