On paper, the Rangers remaining schedule sets up real nice for them to pick up a bunch of points in the final two weeks of the regular season as they won't face a playoff team in their final seven games...
4/16 - @ Flyers
4/18 - vs. Panthers
4/19 - @ Sabres
4/21 - vs. Devils
4/23 - @ Panthers
4/25 - @ Hurricanes
4/27 - vs. Devils
The combined record of these five opponents are 79-100-27.
The Rangers are a combined 7-4-0 vs. their remaining opponents.
...i'm not foolish enough to declare the Rangers a lock for the playoffs based on their remaining schedule. Especially with two games against the Devils, who need to beat the Rangers both times to have any chance of making the playoffs, as well as two against a Panthers team that took it to the Rangers last month and one against the rival Flyers who would love to ruin the Blueshirts season.
...plus they're the Rangers. They never make life easy on their fans.
Theyll lose the first few, have us up in a panic then win the rest. Im not sure how they are still clinging to 8th, I know theyve had their struggles all season but I feel as if, especially recently they are a playoff team. It would be a joke if they didnt make it somehow
Definitely a case of controlling one's own destiny. I agree with the sentiment that there's no reason for us not to get the points we need out of the remaining schedule, but being a Rangers fan has taught me a lot...
NJ and Buffalo could both keep their dreams alive of sneaking in to 8th by getting those early wins against the Rangers, and a few of those other teams would love to play the spoiler role. Carolina came out last night and took care of a Bruins team 20 points ahead of them in the standings. For the Rangers, the playoffs started a week ago. Time to get on a role!!
@TheNYRBlog that's what worries me, nothing goes smooth in Ranger land
I'm not even going to venture a guess on the win/loss of these last 7 games but I'm glad the schedule looks the way it does and we aren't finishing against the Pens and Bruins.
@TheNYRBlog im with you. and would anyone who does make it have done so in a full season? more questions than answers.
@TheNYRBlog Sweet! After the tough ones they've had, nice to have a schedule like this.
@TheNYRBlog They need to get at least 5 points out of the next 3 games!
Seriously, man, it's up to them -- "Controlling one's own destiny." They need to do this each and every game. They need to come out and establish their presence and control the momentum of the game more often than not. Maybe this team's biggest problem is not consistently (if ever) playing a hard 60 minutes this season. The Rangers had one of their best games in terms of passion and perseverance against the fishsticks the other night, but (the many mistakes aside) it still wasn't a full 60 minutes of taking it to their opponent -- awesome game though. Last year they were able to sustain that kind of effort, and they're going to need to find that if they want to be competitors this post season. I think the Rangers will make the post season, but I'm not sure what they'll do when they get there.
I was gonna add Buffalo to the list, you beat me to it. They've been climbing up the standings and putting together some wins.