Adam Gretz at CBS Sports estimates that 55 points should be the cutoff to make the playoffs, so with the Rangers at 28 points through 25 games, they will need 27 points in their final 23 contests to qualify.
Gretz adds that the Rangers will likely need to go 13-9-1 to get to that magic number.
...despite how bad things look after that brutal loss in Buffalo this actually has me feeling very positive.
...based on Gretz' calculations, with the Rangers at 13-10-2, even if they continued with their inconsistent play, they should still be right on target to squeak into the playoffs.
...and with the talent on this team, I feel confident about their ability to at least play slightly better in the second half which should guarantee them a spot in the postseason.
Cup talk was premature in my view as a few puzzle peices were missing. like scoring Dman. Islanders dynasty: Denis Potvin. ;94 Rangers: Brian Leech. Bruins Charro, Orr.... Oilers dynasty: Coffey ,,,,etc,,,, An offensive Dman has been a big part of 80% of Cup teams. Rangers: Del Zotto....( I thought you could use a good laugh) Also lost some grit in Nash deal, lack of scoring depth etc. still a solid team here with up and coming youngsters and could pull it off but you'd have to think with the roster they had that they should not have been the favorites this year. I think the loss of people like Duby was underestimated. Not by me but many "experts" because he didn't put up any numbers. Untangeables, chemistry, coaching and all go into it, and the fall of Gabby was not predictable either, so grind it out. Work together. come together as a team and just get in, make 1 or 2 smart moves at the deadline and find a way to get Gabby going and we have a shot.
This is not a victory just making it into the playoffs. I realize anything can happen. Heck, look at the Flyers when they beat us during the shootout a couple of years back. Still, this team is underachieving badly. If they need to miss the playoffs as a wakeup call, so be it.
@TheNYRBlog Agreed, but is merely making the playoffs the goal? And please don't point to the Kings. That doesn't happen often.
.@TheNYRBlog As long as we peak at right time come end of the year, we're fine. Kings were #8 seed last year and caught fire
However, 15 of the Rangers final 23 games are against current playoff teams, and that is not including games against Philadelphia, New York Islanders or Washington which could be in there... I did count Winnipeg though
@Betweentheworlds Scoring Defensemen are a direct result of scoring forwards. 6 of the last 49 Conn Smythe winners were defensemen. Say the Rangers won the Cup last year, who would have been considered for the Conn Smythe, besides Hank? Richards, Girardi, and Gaborik were the top scorers, but did any of them really stand out in anyone's mind? Scoring defensemen become scoring defensemen when the team's top 6 forwards play like they are top 6 forwards. The Rangers certainly have that potential this year, they just need to turn the potential into a reality.
Agree on the loss of Dubi, but he was a necessary casualty to take it to the next level. Gabby's "off-year" was absolutely predictable if you look at his career. He's an every other year scorer now.
@Betweentheworlds We had terrible scoring depth last year, too... and a shit PP. Some things never change with this team.
@jeffweber77 Definitely not the goal, but with the way the team has been playing the playoffs are no guarantee.
@NYR212 Yea, but Staal will hopefully be back and healthy, which adds a different dimension to our team
@coontzbloontz Hey .. 8th seed worked for the Kings last year! Once in, anything can happen!
@coontzbloontz Just got to get in.
@gravey94 I'm happy I found this site - great feedback. I'm going to say yes and no. Yes you got to fire on all cylinders. this is a team sport and without good forwards your dmen won't score regardless of talent but if there is no offensive talent on your blue line to begin with it doesn't matter how good your forwards are. We don't have a cannon on the blue line like Charro (we have BB Guns instead) or a creative finisher like Leech. The Devils proved you don't need that to win, and the success of our Rangers last year showed the same but it sure does help. A lot! You have to give something to get a world class talent like Nashty! I don't fault the Rangers for the dubi Arti trade but people who did not see that our energy level would fall off a notch are shortsighted and Slats did little to try to replace that in my opinion. Gabby was hurt 2 years ago. I don't buy that year on year off theory. He's fragile, and he seems to be going to great lengths to not get hurt this year after shoulder surgery and it's hurting him and the team. He used his body a bit the first 10 games or so, got rocked (I forgot which game that was) and has been terrible since then avoiding contact like the plague. would not be surprised if he tweeked it.
@coontzbloontz but we were tough to play against. Had grit, determination and toughness
@TheNYRBlog Totally agree. That Buffalo game showed me they have not in any way rounded into form. Tonight will be telling, too.
@TheNYRBlog I was at the 4-2 win at Winnipeg last year. That place is incredible. Even when the team is down, it's loud. Will be tough.
@jeffweber77 Big game for sure.