New York Rangers: 5 Reasons They Could Struggle with Ottawa in First Round

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New York Rangers: 5 Reasons They Could Struggle with Ottawa in First Round
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At the start of the 2011-2012 season, many NHL analysts predicted the New York Rangers would be a playoff bubble team who lacked an identity.

Less than one month into the season, those same experts began changing their opinions and admitting New York was a good team whose identity was determination.

Now that the skeptics have been silenced for the regular season, it is time for the Rangers to prove they belong in the season that really matters—the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

While their series against the Ottawa Senators looks peaceful on paper given the polar opposite seeding of the teams, there are reasons the Rangers could struggle in the first round.

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