By Christopher Decker (@HockeyGuy_Chris)
As if squandering the chance on the last game of the season at their first Presidents’ Trophy since the 1993-94 season weren’t enough, the New York Rangers head in to the first round against a resurgent Ottawa Senators team who took three out of four games against New York in the regular season.
This will not be an easy series.
The Rangers went in to game 82 with not only the opportunity to gain home-ice advantage throughout the entire playoffs, but also with a chance to scout out the team that was predicted to be their first round playoff opponent, the Washington Capitals. The aforementioned potential possibilities became irrelevant when the Rangers packed it in early, giving up three goals in the first period and two goals within the first two minutes of the game.
As a result, the Rangers ended the season on a two game losing streak, and a mediocre 6-4-0 record in their last ten games. Furthermore, it solidified a first round ...