There are plenty of compelling reasons why the NHL season is too long, but say this much: with now just 14 games remaining, it doesn’t look there will be a single meaningless contest to speak of.
Really, who knows where this final month will take the Rangers? Maybe just a few weeks ago they would be happy for any playoff spot. But now, there are a host of appealing options within their reach: a favorable sixth-seed in which they will draw the champion of the watered-down Southeast Division; a fourth-seed in which they’ll secure home ice. Heck, even first place in the entire conference is only just five points away.
I know, I know, let’s settle down. First up is the Bruins tomorrow, and given the Rangers’ poor showings against them already this season, they’re not afforded the luxury of looking too far ahead.
A few things the Rangers need along the way: greater consistency from Henrik Lundqvist, some goals from Jaromir Jagr, and the disappearance of those mid-game lulls that have invited too many opponents back into the contest. Take care of that, and then let’s talk.