Read: The John Tortorella Impact On The Playoff Run

At USA Today, Kevin Allen writes that one of the key factors in the playoff race is Rangers coach John Tortorella.

He says that Tortorella’s fiery approach helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals last year and “there is no reason to think” that he couldn’t do the same and extract another strong post season run for the Rangers.

He adds “the Rangers should never be bothered by trash-talking, because nothing could be said on the ice that is more pointed than what comes out their coach’s mouth as he tries to rally them to victory.”

Allen adds that the Rangers will be in better shape, not only when Marc Staal returns, but when Derek Dorsett is able to play.