Posted: 5/12/2012 12:14:40 PM
I am getting tired of hearing the talk about home-ice not meaning
very much. The Rangers were 27-12-2 at MSG in the regular season - the
second-best mark in the Eastern Conference - and are 4-2-1 at home so
far in the postseason.
Also, I know Lundqvist is going to come
into this game with laser-like focus. Holtby who has impressed the heck
out of me might not. He and his fiancee welcomed Benjamin Hunter
Holtby into the world on Thursday. Situations like that can go either
way, they can be a motivating factor or a distraction. Given Holtby is a
22-year-old rookie, I lean to distraction.
With the margin
between these teams so thin, and Rangers HOME-ICE-ADVANTAGE combined
with the unknown focus of the Caps net-minder, I beleive the Rangers get
it done at the Garden and move on to face (and beat) the Devils.
Rangers 3 Caps 2.