As you know, the Rangers can finish anywhere from sixth to eighth seed, the latter of which will bring them the dreaded first-round meeting with the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.
To get that, the Rangers will have to lose in regulation today. If they get a point in any manner, the Islanders will get eighth place and the Penguins.
In order to finish sixth, the Rangers need to finish tied with Ottawa, which has two games remaining after the Rangers’ season is over — tonight against Philly, tomorrow in Boston. So if the Rangers get two points today, they need Ottawa to get no more than two. If they get one, they need Ottawa to get no more than one. If they get none, they need Ottawa to lose twice in regulation. Got it?
Also still unknown is who will be the No. 2 seed. It could be Montreal or Boston. The No. 6 seed will play No. 3 Washington in the first round.
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Ya boys have won one in a row, four of their last five and are 9-3-1 in their last 13.
Henrik Lundqvist in goal. Arron Asham returns, and Kris Newbury replaces Ryane Clowe (undisclosed, but people think it was a leg, not a concussion). Marc Staal (eye), Brian Boyle (knee), Derek Dorsett (clavicle) remain out. Matt Gilroy and Roman Hamrlik are prucha’d.
No Martin Brodeur. He doesn’t want to be harassed. Um. …
Other games that matter tonight (for seeding purposes): Philadelphia at Ottawa, Montreal at Toronto, Boston at Washington.
Game that might matter tomorrow: Ottawa at Boston.
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