Last roadie of the year. Ya boys have won seven of their last nine.
With 51 wins and 109 points, they have shots at the franchise records of 52 and 112, both set by the Cup champs in ’93-94.
And with 109, they are tied with Vancouver and two up on St. Louis in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy (for what it’s worth) … and the Rangers have the tiebreaker in their pocket. So the Canucks and/or Blues would have to finish a point ahead of them to win the trophy and home-ice in the finals.
The Penguins still need two points, or a Philly loss, to clinch the No. 4 seed. They play the Flyers Saturday.
Martin Biron starts in goal, his 500th NHL game. Henrik Lundqvist (arm) could play if needed, but will sit it out. Mike Rupp (sore neck) will also play.
Games of note tonight, in terms of who might end up with the eighth seed and be the Rangers’ first-round opponent: Baby Buffaloes at Flyers; Panthers at Capitals (with the Southeast Division and No. 3 seed still mathematically up for grabs); and Bruins at Senators (the Capitals can still pass Ottawa on a tiebreaker and drop the Sens to eighth, but Buffalo cannot).
Looking ahead, I’d like to continue having one of you doing the Three Stars selections for each of the playoff games. I already have Game 1 assigned. If anybody else is interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.