Originally posted on Total Sports Blog  |  Last updated 4/30/13
Thursday night the #6 seeded New York Rangers head to the nation’s capital to take on the #3 seeded Washington Capitals.  To get some insight on the Rangers and what we can expect in the playoffs, Joe Fortunato of BlueShirtBanter.com is giving us a look at the series from a Rangers point of view.  Make sure to follow Joe on Twitter at @BlueShirtBanter. 1. The New York Rangers were picked by many to finish near the top of the Eastern Conference standings this year.  Why did they struggle and need a good April to make the playoffs? The biggest reason is easily that Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards struggled mightily throughout the year, and since the Rangers were such a top-heavy team (they sacrificed most of their depth for Rick Nash) they struggled with two of their three stars. Nash also got off to a slow start in the goal scoring category, too, which didn’t help. Then there were minor reasons: John Tortorella teams need a training camp (the Rangers never got one), the team needed ...
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