That's the Rangers' rallying cry, right? It should be. There's reason to believe in it. It actually makes a lot of sense.
The Rangers battled their own inconsistent play all season, much in the same way the Kings did last season. Both were considered locks for the Stanley Cup Playoffs before the season started but didn't clinch until the regular season was down to few days remaining.
The Kings made it as the eighth seed in the Western Conference with 95 points in 82 games; the Rangers got in this season with 56 points in 48 games, qualifying as one of the final three teams in the East during the week's final season. The points-per-game average between the teams was almost identical, as well.
When the New York Rangers marched into the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they were the top seed in the Eastern Conference and a popular pick to raise the Cup when June rolled around.
Things are different this season for the Rangers, who used a strong finish to the regular season to sneak into the playoffs. They won't be hot choice to win the Stanley Cup in 2013, but they have the components to put together 16 wins.
Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was the victim of a scary injury against the Philadelphia Flyers nearly two months ago. A slap shot from Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen ricocheted off the stick of teammate Jakub Voracek and hit Staal above his right eye. At the time of the injury, Staal was arguably the Rangers' No. 1 defenseman, replacing Ryan McDonagh on the team's top pairing with Dan Girardi.
Since the injury, the Rangers have solidified their blue line with the acquisition of John Moore in a four-player trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Though Moore has solidified the back end of the defense corps, the Rangers will need a healthy Staal to better their chances of pulling a first-round upset and making another deep run.
"With any kind of any other injury, I'd be in there sooner rather than later," Staal said April 18.
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