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Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates with his teammates after scoring the game-tying goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period during Game 7 of the Western Conference  finals on June 1, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Silverman: Big, Powerful Kings Will Be A Massive Test For Rangers

The Kings are a talented team that has played brilliantly in the postseason. They won the seventh game on the road in three consecutive series, and head coach Daryl Sutter has his team playing at the peak of its power.

06/02/2014

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Silverman: Western Conference Foe Better Not Sleep On These Rangers

There will be ample opportunity to diagnose the finals between now and puck drop next Wednesday, but the one thing we know is that the Rangers will not be easily dismissed no matter who they face.

05/30/2014

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pressure Squarely On Habs As Rangers Prepare For Game 6

The money is on the table in Game 6, and Tokarski was quite shaky in Game 5. No matter what Therrien says publicly about his goalie, this rookie is going to have to play the game of his life to slow down the Rangers’ offense.

05/28/2014

The New York Rangers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 19, 2014, in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Silverman: There’s Just No Way Rangers Let This Opportunity Get Away

The last thing that Alain Vigneault and any of the New York Rangers are about to do is look at the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens and take them lightly.

05/21/2014

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: Lundqvist Will Lead Rangers To Stanley Cup Final

In the end, you don’t want to bet against Lundqvist in a seven-game series. He knows how to come up with his best game when it’s all on the line, and that will lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final.

05/16/2014

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers and Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrate Richards' second-period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers Play Comeback Card Masterfully; What Happens Now?

The Rangers rose to the occasion and beat a more talented opponent. They will sit and wait for Boston or Montreal to emerge as their opponents in the Eastern Conference finals.

05/14/2014

Shaq Evans of the UCLA Bruins completes a 64-yard touchdown pass play in the first quarter against the Utah Utes on October 13, 2012. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Silverman’s Draft Grades: Jets Outstrip AFC East Competitors

The Jets came into the draft needing more big-play makers, and they appear to have gotten several of them. Here’s our look at how the teams in the AFC East performed in this year’s draft.

05/12/2014

Andre Williams of the Boston College Eagles runs for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies on November 2, 2013. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Silverman’s Draft Grades: Giants, Cowboys Make Strides In NFC East

The NFC East is a division that will be there for the taking in 2014. Three of the teams – including the Giants – appeared to improve in the draft. Let’s take a look…

05/12/2014

Former Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack runs the 40-yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Silverman: 5 NFL Draft Prospects You Can Count On For Consistency

It’s best to get rid of the ifs. In this piece, we look at five players who are most likely going to be consistent from the start of their careers to the finish.

05/07/2014

The Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello, right, scores past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury during the shootout at Consol Energy Center on Feb. 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Silverman: Right Now Crosby Is A Liability And The Penguins Are Overrated

You see all the firepower and it’s easy to be in awe of the Penguins. But they are not infallible. In fact, they are loaded with liabilities — and the Rangers will exploit them all.

05/02/2014

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers moves the puck around Braydon Coburn of the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period in Game 6 of the teams’ first-round playoff series on April 29, 2014 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: It’s High Time Nash Joins The Garden Party

If you think momentum is going to be a big factor in Wednesday night’s seventh game between the Rangers and the Flyers, think again.

04/30/2014

Former Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack takes part in a positional drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Silverman: The Big Picture — Identifying Key Contributors In Each Round Of Draft

In this piece, we’ll look at seven players — one for each round of the upcoming NFL draft — likely to leave it all on the field wherever they end up.

04/28/2014

The Rangers celebrate a goal by Dan Girardi during the second period of Game 3 of their first-round series against the Flyers in Philadelphia on April 22, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers May Be Winning, But Something Seems To Be Missing

The Rangers are coming off an important win in Game 3 of their series against the Flyers, but to think everything is just fine and dandy is putting the cart well ahead of the horse. The Blueshirts have work to do.

04/23/2014

Potential first-round picks Taylor Lewan (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images), Justin Gilbert (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) and Eric Ebron (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images).

Silverman: Giants GM Jerry Reese Can’t Afford To Fumble 2014 Draft

It’s one thing to demand rebound seasons from Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul, but the Giants must have a powerful draft class if they are going to get back to the postseason.

04/21/2014

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers (R) celebrates his game-winning goal at 18:18 of the third period along with Raphael Diaz #4 (L) against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on April 10, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Battle With Flyers Just First Step For Much-Improved Rangers

This time, the Rangers are not burdened by an overbearing coach who specialized in wearing down his players instead of building them up.

04/16/2014

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