The race is still sitting there … thanks to the Bruins loss to Buffalo last night.
But the Rangers have to get points to stay in it. Four behind eighth-place Boston, with seven games left.
Beware, though. You can’t possibly expect the Islanders to mail it in the way they did last week at MSG … or can you? Are they so tanking it to improve their draft position?
I don’t believe it. I don’t believe they could possibly duplicate that lack of effort. I don’t think they could dream about being that bad again.
So it will be up to the Rangers to play better than they did in Toronto, probably better than they played in Jersey, and I’d guess definitely better than they played in that 5-0 surrendering by the Isles last Wednesday.
Because it’s still there.
Did you see that Lee Stempniak, who was acquired by the Coyotes at the trade deadline, has 12 goals in 12 games since the deal? Talk about getting your money’s worth.
Expect updates on Callahan, Avery, maybe Boyle later. Have a few things to do this morning. So I’ll stop by later, or at least pregame. I’d guess that Voros and Anders Eriksson stay in the lineup, Lisin and Matt Gilroy remain prucha’d and Corey Locke goes in Avery’s spot.