The Rangers still have 24 games remaining, but if the season ended today they would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first series of the postseason. The teams are jockeying for second and third in the Metro and alternate every few days, and it looks like the most likely First Round matchup.
The Rangers match up fine with Pittsburgh, but in their one meeting of the season Pittsburgh came out victorious 1-0. The teams will meet three more times during the regular season before the playoffs.
We’ll know a lot more about how these teams match up after the season series is over.
Still, it would be a daunting task to go against an experienced Penguins team with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and a much improved Tristan Jarry.