Voice of Rangers believes they have ‘no holes’ ahead of Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Kenny Albert knows there are no guarantees in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But all things being equal, he likes the New York Rangers chances this spring to make a postseason run.

Albert’s reasoning for feeling that way is simple.

“I really don’t think they have any holes,” Albert said on the Forever Blueshirts Show.

The longtime Voice of the Rangers has seen his fair share of the good and the bad when it comes to different Blueshirts squads over the years. And this season’s group has that special feel after the Rangers set franchise records for wins (55) and points (114) in a season, and winning their fourth Presidents’ Trophy.

“From the goaltending on out … you can’t really find a hole anywhere on that roster,” Albert said. “Again, there are several other teams in the East that probably think they can go all the way, but in my mind the Rangers certainly have as good a chance as anybody.”

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Like he does in each of his broadcasts, Albert played it straight about the Rangers chances to win their first Stanley Cup title in 30 years — a championship, it should be noted, he called for NHL Radio back in 1994, when his father, the legendary Marv Albert, was sharing the mic on the Blueshirts ‘cast with Howie Rose and Sal Messina.

Not surprisingly, Albert said broadcasting that epic Cup Final is among his top professional memories, “even though they (the Rangers) beat my favorite team, the Vancouver Canucks.”

Yes, the kid who grew up on Long Island with his father calling Rangers games had his childhood bedroom painted in Canucks colors. And then had it repainted when the Canucks changed their colors. Mustard yellow anyone?!

It’s true, and it’s all there in Albert’s autobiography, “A Mic For All Seasons,” which was published in 2023.

“It is so strange when people refer to me as an author. For 33 years, I’ve pretty much done one job and that’s play-by-play,” he explained. “Then all of a sudden to add Author to the business card is surreal.”

But back to playing it straight about the Rangers this spring. Albert noted that their first-round opponent, the Washington Capitals, can’t be simply dismissed even though “I’d be surprised if the Rangers didn’t win the series.”

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He also pointed to New York’s 5-on-5 scoring issues as something of a concern. Not to mention that it’s the Stanley Cup Playoffs and, hey, anything can happen, as we’ve seen in the past.

“It’s the best time of the year and I’m really looking forward to it,” Albert said. “Should be some really fun nights, not only at Madison Square Garden but all around the League coming up.”

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