Having lost two straight games in the Eastern Conference Final series, Artemi Panarin accurately pointed out that the Rangers have been worse off this postseason.
That’s not a 3-1 deficit in the first round against the Penguins or a 2-0 deficit and a Game 7 on the road in the second round against the Hurricanes. The Stanley Cup is on the line.
Even though the Rangers have overcome difficult circumstances in recent months, none have been against back-to-back champions Tampa Bay.
Additionally, the Rangers know how to bulldoze their way back into a series.
Their series lead was blown after they led 2-0.
Despite being one of the final three teams fighting for the Stanley Cup, the Rangers are keeping their heads down.
Andrew Copp thinks they are probably in the most favorable spot through three series. He and the team are confident.
The New York Rangers have two games at home and Andrew Copp thinks they play really well at home.
This stage of the playoffs has a different feeling of pressure.
In their favor, the Rangers have home ice and need just two more victories to qualify for the final game against the Avalanche next week.
The Rangers’ regulation-win total could be a deciding factor in this series, even though people say the regular season means nothing in the playoffs.
This was the tiebreaker between the Rangers and Lightning for home-ice advantage.
This postseason, the Rangers have not lost at the Garden since a triple-overtime loss to the Penguins in Game 1 of Round 1.
Over the past eight home games, they’ve outscored their opponents 38-20.
When it comes to the Lightning, home ice has been good to the Rangers, but there are no guarantees.
According to Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant, home ice doesn’t matter until Game 7. If they win one of the next two games, they may have that opportunity.
Nevertheless, the Rangers will need more resilience than they displayed during their three straight elimination games against the Penguins in the first round.
In the second round against the Hurricanes, they’ll need more perseverance than they did to come back after trailing 2-0 in the series.
If the Rangers want to defeat the Lightning, they will need to do more.
After the Game 4 loss, Gallant said he was not worried about their building. There’s a good chance it will be a homer series.
It certainly appears that way. In our building, we did well. As far as their building is concerned, they did well. At least, that’s what I’ve seen so far.”