NY Rangers: 3 Reasons They're the Team to Beat in the Eastern Conference

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NY Rangers: 3 Reasons They're the Team to Beat in the Eastern Conference
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The New York Rangers finished the regular season two points shy of winning the coveted President's Trophy, which would have ensured them home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

While their 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday April 7th, 2012 squashed those dreams, the Rangers had already clinched first in the Eastern Conference the week prior, giving them home-ice advantage throughout all Eastern Conference matchups.

Not to mention that although they didn't win first overall, they still finished with the same number of wins as the Vancouver Canucks (51), who secured the President's Trophy with their 3-0 shutout win Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers.  

The Rangers organization no doubt has shown what they are made of this season and there are so many contributing factors to their success.

For the purposes of this article, let's focus on the top three reasons why this success will carry with them through the postseason, making them the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

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