Yes the Rangers took another horrendous loss last night. Yes they played poorly and didn’t score a goal to boot. But amazingly through this terribly shortened season, they are still in the playoff hunt.
The Rangers currently sit in 8th place and if the playoffs started today they would be in. Yes, you read that correctly. There are a lot of teams chasing them and they have a 44% chance of making the playoffs (courtesy of Sportsclubstats.com), but guess what? None of that matters.
Just wipe the slate clean. The Rangers are in control of their own destiny. They win the games they have to, they’ll be in the playoffs. If they don’t, then they won’t. It’s simple as that. Too late for anyone to be fired at this point and Tortorella love him or hate him, will be re-evaluated this offseason.
At this point I think the team just needs to abandon whatever tactics they’re using and just play hockey. Whatever works on a night to night basis should be the strategy they use. Just keep it soimple and try to score goals. Let Henrik take care of the rest.
The game on monday and is at home and it is now the biggest game of the season. That’s all the tteam should be focusing on at the moment. Can’t reflect on what’s been so far a disappointing season. The LA Kings last year definitely proved that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. I’m not saying this season will end with a Stanley Cup Championship, but I do think that there’s definitely something here for the Rangers to play for and make this season not a total waste.
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