"After the All-Star break, the Rangers have 30 games remaining, with 16 of them against teams currently in the playoffs. They face Philadelphia three times, Pittsburgh three times, Montreal, Boston and Atlanta twice, and Washington, Tampa, Detroit and Anaheim once."
Zipay adds that there are 16 games at home and 14 on the road, with the final three games of the regular season at Madison Square Garden.
...man that's a tough schedule. That's why loses to inferior opponents like last night are so tough. Remember the Rangers missed out on the playoffs last year by one point. Hate to look back at a loss to the Panthers as a reason they didn't get in.
I refuse to believe the Rangers will miss the playoffs this year.
We have had a lot of players injured this year, or banged up. A WHOLE LOT. Most of them are our best MV players.
We have yet to have any of them need to rush back from injury and their recovery will be completed succesffully.
With this full week off I am confident that the Rangers will come together and come back strong with most of their guys returning next week.
Callahan is obviously necessary. Hes our leader, hes one of the best Pkillers and forcheckers. How many more goals would have we had if Callahan was in rather than anyone else. Its not so much his skill as it is his efforts.
Prospal was Gabys main man at center. For some reason their chemistry is great together, Gaby had career highs with him mostly at his middle man. Prospal will return healthy, and his leadership and chemistry with Gaby will be of vast importance.
Christensen, needing some experienced centers. Dubinsky will return as our best forward as well.
We will enter the playoffs as underdogs, but no one wil realize that the Rangers will have a team of nearly 30 individual players they can choosen from to make their 20 man roster which all have experience and all know how to fit well into our system.