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Love him or hate him, Rangers Coach John Tortorella has a track record as an established NHL winner.
Torts won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and has won more than 400 regular season and postseason games as an NHL coach. This is his 7th trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs as a bench boss.
In 2004, he also won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best Coach.
New Jersey's Peter DeBoer has done a great job with the Devils this season after three mediocre seasons behind the bench with the Florida Panthers.
This is the first time DeBoer has led an NHL team to the playoffs.
It's not that DeBoer isn't a very good coach, he is; but Tortorella is a great coach and one with more experience. Again, in a tight series, this slight edge can be a difference maker for the Rangers.