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Rangers open playoff series with London on the road

Rangers will travel to Budweiser Gardens for game 1 and game two of the first round series
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The Kitchener Rangers will open their first round playoff matchup tonight with the London Knights. 

The Midwest division teams are no strangers to one another having played 10 times during the regular season.

London winning six of those ten games, however, the Rangers picked up two wins on the road this season at Budweiser Gardens. 

Chief Operating Officer for the Kitchener Rangers Joe Birch said it can be a challenge to start a series on the road. 

"We had two wins on the road in that building this year, and the last game we were there, we lost 4-3 in a close game. So, we played well there in the last three games and that's what you build off of."

Birch added this should be a good test for a young Rangers team.

"A lot of it really comes down to the preparation over the last four days that they've had to practice," he said. 

He adds the importance of having a healthy team going into the post-season is paramount especially with both goaltenders Pavel Cajan and Jackson Parsons healthy and available. 

"You need to have your top guys healthy," he said, "we have two outstanding goaltenders and they both have to be healthy because if one is struggling, the other one needs to be ready to go. Health is something that goes a long way in having success in the playoffs in this league." 

This will be the ninth time the two clubs have met in the post-season. 

The last time these two clubs met in the post-season was in 2015, with the Rangers dropping that series in six games. 

Game 1 can be heard on CityNews 570 at 6:35 p.m. beginning with the pre-game with Mike Farwell and Chris Pope. 

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.


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