Apr 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) controls the puck against Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman (68) during the third period of a game at Madison Square Garden. The Senators defeated the Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Roundup: 4/10/14

Good morning New York Rangers fans and happy game day! The Rangers take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight in the last regular season contest at Madison Square Garden. However before we get you to all of that we have to get to the news! As you may or may not expect, all the news is about the playoffs and the biggest piece of it may be right here, if the Rangers win tonight in any fashion and the Philadelphia Flyers lose tonight in REGULATION, it guarantees the Rangers the second spot in the Metropolitan Division and home ice advantage against the Flyers (most likely, although maybe not) in the first round of the playoffs.

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Moving on, it’s the question that’s been ringing in the minds of Rangers fans since last post season, and one that I have challenged fans to answer all season long. Will Rick Nash finally have the playoff performance he’s expected to? In 12 playoff games last season Nash had five points, and in 16 career playoff games has eight points. While lack of post-season experience may be the argument that saved him last season, it won’t do him any this season and he’s going to have to produce in order for the Rangers to be successful, but will he? Nash has struggled all season, particularly in the first half but his play in the second half has been very good and he’s in a very good position to really breakout in the playoffs, read more on this topic here. Here it is folks, the most important question heading into any post-season, is Henrik Lundqvist ready for the playoffs? Lundqvist is 32-24-5 on the season, and currently has a 2.39 goals against average and .920 save percentage, however in four games in April so far he’s 2-1-1 with a .948 save percentage and a 1.71 goals against average, so do you think he’s ready? Find out what he and head coach Alain Vigneault have to say about it right here.

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Last, but certainly not least, with a first round match-up against the Flyers almost imminent it’s nice to know what the players on the Rangers think about the opposing team, and what that series might be like. We all know and understand the rivalry between the Rangers and the Flyers, even the rivalry between New York City and Philadelphia. A playoff series between these two cities would be truly exciting hockey, but if you want to know how some of the players are feeling, click here. Well Rangers fans, that’s the news for today! Keep checking back on the site for more content and Lets Go Rangers!

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