Steve Silverman

Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his double-overtime game winner with teammates as the Kings defeat the New York Rangers 5-4 during Game Two of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: It May Take Perfection For Rangers To Beat Overpowering Kings

The grueling race for the Stanley Cup is nearing its climax, and the Rangers have reached a critical moment against a formidable opponent.

06/09/2014

The Rangers’ Rick Nash, left, collides with the Kings’ Jake Muzzin during Game 1 of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Since Nash Won’t, Stepan And Kreider Must Try To Outmuscle Kings

The Rangers’ Most Important Line Took A Beating In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. That cannot happen again if the Blueshirts are really serious about beating the Kings.

06/07/2014

The Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello, bottom, battles the Kings’ Dustin Brown for a loose puck during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 4, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Rangers’ Depth Needs To Show Up — And The Sooner The Better

The Rangers had the Kings on the ropes in Game 1, and needed just a bit more finish and a bit more grit to take home-ice advantage away from the Western Conference champions. They never got it.

06/05/2014

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images), Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Silverman: Quick Is Very Good, But Lundqvist Is Better And Playing Like It

As the puck drops in just a few hours for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Rangers and the Kings, hockey fans should be set for the finest puck-stopping matchup in recent memory.

06/04/2014

Henrik Lundqvist, center, celebrates with teammate Dan Girardi, left, and Ryan McDonagh after the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on May 29, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Silverman: They’ll Find A Way — Rangers In 7! Rangers In 7! Rangers In 7!

The New York Rangers got the break they needed when Alec Martinez’s wrist shot from the point deflected off Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and into the net past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

06/03/2014

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

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