Tag:Playoff Watch: New York Rangers
Posted on: April 7, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 2:38 pm
WHO CAN CLINCH: Three teams can clinch tonight without even being on the ice. The Nashville Predators can secure a playoff berth if the Dallas Stars lose to the Colorado Avalanche (regulation, overtime or a shootout). The Phoenix Coyoteswill clinch a playoff berth if Stars lose or if the Stars win in a shootout. The Anaheim Ducks are in if the Stars lose in regulation.
ALREADY IN: Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Washington.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Atlanta Thrasher (33-34-12) at New York Rangers (43-32-5), 7 p.m. ET
The Thrasher may have been eliminated a few days back, but they still have a major say who gets the final couple playoff spots in the East. Atlanta, which is on a two-game skid, faces the Rangers tonight and the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. The Thrashers have won two of the first three meetings.
This will be the first game for the Rangers since Ryan Callahan went down with a broken ankle suffered in Monday’s 5-3 victory over Boston. Defenseman Matt Gilroy will be moved to the wing to fill in for Callahan, the Rangers’ second-leading scorer. The Rangers enter with wins in back-to-back games
ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: Colorado Avalanche (29-42-8) at Dallas Stars (40-28-11), 8:30 p.m. ET
The Stars, who have won two in a row after a six-game slide, can pull to within three points of the idle Chicago Blackhawks with a victory. While the Avs have been at or near the basement much of the season, they have won the two previous meetings between these two clubs. The Stars also face the Avs on Friday.
GOLF WATCH: No new teams can clinch tonight. Calgary, Toronto, Atlanta, St. Louis, New Jersey, Minnesota Columbus, Ottawa, Florida, New York Islanders, Columbus, Colorado and Edmonton are already mathematically eliminated.
-- A.J. Perez
Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:24 pm
WHO CAN CLINCH: The San Jose Sharks can win the Pacific Division with a victory over the Los Angeles Kings tonight. The Kings can secure a playoff spot with a victory.
ALREADY IN: Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, San Jose, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Washington.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: Boston Bruins (44-23-11) at New York Rangers (42-32-5), 7:30 p.m. ET (Versus)
The Rangers were kept out of the playoff via a shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on the final day of the season a year ago. The Rangers still have a few games left, but their victory in the same manner in Philly on Sunday was nearly as crucial. Eighth-place New York enters tonight’s action with a two-point edge on the Carolina Hurricanes. Each team has three games remaining on the schedule.
New York is 9-3-1 in their last 13 contests, although it lost back to back games before Sunday’s 3-2 victory at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers improved to 28-0 when leading after two periods. The Rangers have won two of the first three meetings between these two clubs.
The Bruins enter with a 5-1-1 mark over their last seven games and they’re fairly healthy, although they will likely be out Shawn Thornton. The Masterton Trophy (NHL’s version of the comeback player of the year) nominee has been out two games since he suffered a cut above his right eye from a skate. The Boston Globe reports he skated with a shield on in practice on Monday.
ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: Los Angeles (45-27-6) at San Jose Sharks (46-23-9), 10 p.m. ET
A victory by the Kings will not only clinch a playoff spot for the back to back seasons for the first time in a decade, but they could also inch closer to their first division crown since 1990-91, when the Smythe Division still existed. The Kings would be three points back of the Sharks with a regulation victory tonight. Los Angeles has won three of the first five meetings.
GOLF WATCH: The Toronto Maple Leafs will be eliminated with a Rangers victory. Atlanta, New Jersey, Minnesota Columbus, Ottawa, Florida, New York Islanders, Columbus, Colorado and Edmonton are already mathematically eliminated.
-- A.J. Perez
Photo: Getty Images