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When it all boils down, the remaining pool of playoff teams seems rather favorable for the Rangers.
In the current series, they have to win three out of the next six games against the Washington Capitals, a team with a young back-up goalie in net and an alright defense. In Game 1, the Rangers were able to score three goals on just 14 shots.All the Rangers have to do is score two or three goals to win, especially with Henrik Lundqvist in net.
Assuming they win this series, the Rangers would have to face either the Devils or the Flyers. The Devils are not as talented or as deep as the Rangers, and Martin Brodeur is starting to look older in the net. The Flyers were absolutely dominated by the Rangers all season, and their defense has completely disappeared in the playoffs.
If they make the Finals, the Rangers would have to play one of the four remaining West teams: The St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings, the Pheonix Coyotes or the Nashville Predators. None of these teams are overpowering on offense, and it will be harder for them to score on the powerful Rangers defense.
All of these matchups left would end favorably for the Rangers.