Everybody’s looking at those last two games against the Flys, but the Rangers need to take care of business these next two nights so those games with Philly and that piece of carcillo won’t be absolute desperation. They don’t want to go into those games down four points, because then all Philly needs to do is get one of the games to OT for the Bettman Bonus Point.
Speaking of the Bettman Bonus Point, Boston got one last night in a loss, and so pulled a point further away.
The Rangers have a game in hand on all the teams they’re chasing.
Today’s games that matter: NYR-Buffalo; Flys-Leaves; Habs-Isles; Devils-Trashers.
Oh, yeah, and the league’s darlings, Crosby and Ovechkin play each other for the 90th time this season. How sweet would it be if almost-Ranger (yeah, right) Steve Stamkos beats out both of them for the Rocket Richard?
Meanwhile, we’re anticipating that Ryan Callahan returns tonight. The Rangers may not have to face that clown Kaleta, who has killed them, but who is injured, among others. They are also playing another back-to-back situation (they swept the two Florida teams over the weekend). So far they are 5-7-0 in the first game of back-to-backs, and 8-2-2 in the second.
But none of that matters, because these Rangers are all of a sudden a different team, 5-0-1 in their last six, and 4-0-1 on this road trip.