Despite the Rangers excruciating loss to the Panthers last night, they actually received some good news in their hunt for a playoff spot as the ninth place Winnipeg Jets lost to the Washington Capitals, meaning the Blueshirts magic number is now two.
If the Rangers can gain just two measly points in their final two games (@Carolina on Thursday, vs. the Devils at MSG on Saturday) the Blueshirts are going back to the playoffs.
The Rangers can also back into the postseason if the Jets lose their lone remaining game at home against the Canadiens on Thursday or if the Senators lose their remaining three games.
If both the Senators (52 points) and Rangers (52 points) lose out and the Jets (51 points) win Thursday night, the Senators will be eliminated as the Rangers own the first tie breaker which is regulation/overtime wins (ROW).
Here are the standings…
…in typical Rangers fashion, they had to prolong their fans' agony by losing to the worst team in the NHL last night. And please God let them take care of business Thursday night in Carolina, because the last thing I want to see are the revenge minded New Jersey Devils standing in the way of a potential Blueshirts playoff berth.
…if you remember the Rangers beat the Devils on the final day of the 2010-2011 season to help earn a trip the postseason. Let's hope they don't need to go to that well again.