With the Devils tying their worst run of games in franchise history last night, the Rangers will only have to fend off the Winnipeg Jets for that final playoff spot. The Rangers currently have two points on the Jets and also have a game in hand on them. The Sabres are still technically in it, but they are going to need to win all of their remaining games and get some help from the Rangers or Islanders as well.
Most likely the Rangers will end up with the 7th or 8th seed in the East. 7th wouldn’t be terrible, but 8th would be disastrous. The playoffs could end almost as soon as they begin with a matchup against Pittsburgh. Sure it wouldn’t be great to play Montreal or Boston either in the 7th spot, but in the playoffs your going to have to play some tough matchups. I think it’s better to get those out of the way in the first round anyway. I guess in that regard I’d rather play Pittsburgh in the first round than in the Conference Finals.
Getting the 6th seed would be huge though. Not that I think the Rangers would beat Washington handidly in the playoffs, but I definitely fancy that matchup over the other three I mentioned above.
Anyway, let’s go Rangers tonight against the Flyers. A win tonight would go a long way to try to jump the Islanders and Senators in the standings.
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