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The Rangers made the biggest splash by acquiring Keith Yandle. They're simply going for it now, and who could blame them? GM Glen Sather also added James Sheppard to bolster the fourth line.
The Rangers trail the Islanders by two points in the Metro, with three games in hand. They've gone 8-1-2 in February so far and haven't had Henrik Lundqvist for most of the month. Eastern conference, beware.
A huge 6-5 win over the Islanders has vaulted the Rangers into second into the Metropolitan. More impressive, the Blueshirts have continued to have success even without Henrik Lundqvist and are riding a four-game winning streak.
Losing Henrik Lundqvist for an extended period of time is a tough blow for a team that has been playing so well. Getting Lundqvist healthy is the top priority, but it's going to be tough for New York to gain ground in a tight playoff race without him.
The Rangers are 18-6-0 since the start of December and really lighting up scoreboards around the league, too. The Rangers are averaging nearly three goals per game, which has them tied for fifth with the Blackhawks.
There are six teams in the NHL averaging three or more goals per game and New York is one of them. They've also allowed the third-fewest goals per game in the entire league. They'll keep trending up.
At 15-4-0 since Dec. 1, the Rangers have become a team most would rather avoid at this point. They have been dominant within their own division, too, except when playing those pesky Islanders.
With 13 wins in their last 14 games, the Rangers look more like a machine than a team at this point. They're getting contributions from everywhere, too. Derek Stepan has averaged a point-per-game since coming back from a fractured leg.
Having won 12 of their last 15, the Rangers have remained one of the NHL's hottest teams over the last month-plus. With 11 goals in their last two games on this run, perhaps they're just getting warmed up.
Though their eight-game streak ended Monday, they showed they could be a force down the stretch. They're getting needed goaltending and are averaging 2.94 goals per game, sixth-best in the league.
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The 6-3 loss to Toronto seemed more like a bad night than a reason to hit the panic button on Broadway. The Rangers may be 1-2-0, but Rick Nash is on fire with four goals.
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