Whowins.com provides historical data related to best-of-7 series. They have some interesting numbers relating to the Rangers' series with Ottawa.
They note that 61 previous times in NHL history a team (in a best-of-7 series) has won game 1 and 3 while losing game 2 and 4. This is the position the Rangers find themselves heading into tonight's game at the Garden.
Those teams in the Rangers' position have won only 25 of the previous 61 series (41%). It's happened 23 previous times in the round of 16, and the team in the Rangers' position has won only 9 of 23 (39%).
The Isles, btw, have never played a series in which they won games 1 and 3 and lost games 2 and 4. They have played one series in which they were in Ottawa's position (losing games 1, 3 and winning games 2, 4) but it did not turn out in their favor. The 1979 Rangers beat them in games 5 and 6.
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