We’re slowly approaching the midpoint of the NHL season, and the Rangers with all of their struggles, are still in a position where they can get a good playoff position. Winning the division is pretty much way out of the question at this point but the team can still end up in a solid position in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers played a very solid last couple of games and they’re going to need to continue this run. This is the part of the season when you to start to pull away from the competition in the division. It’s much easier to grab points now, than in February and March when everyone is fighting for every point available.
Which brings me to my next point. You can’t make the playoffs in the first half of the season, but you can sure as hell miss them. This was the case for the Rangers in 2009-2010, and nearly the case in 2010-2011. A race down to the wire is something us Rangers fans are pretty used to, but I don’t think any of us are happy watching the team fight for their lives with a handful of games to go.
So, a winning streak or two would be very welcomed right now. If winning games are difficult in February, March, and April, you know winning streaks are even harder to come by. The Rangers are due for a streak, and starting one now would ease a little bit of pressure as the season goes on.
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