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The Rangers' hopes of catching the Capitals are pretty much nil at this point. The goal now has to be to play well enough to stay in second place with the Islanders and Penguins looking like most likely contenders to unseat them. Home ice seems to matter for the Rangers in the postseason.
The Rangers seem to be turning the corner a bit. They're 8-5-1 in their last 14 games. It's not overly impressive, but it's one of the signs they're back on track and firmly in second in the Metro.
There are a lot of theories as to how to fix this team, but there isn't really an easy solution. The Rangers have some real problems on the blue line, which is affecting pretty much everything else. They could probably use another strong two-way guy back there, but it will be difficult to find a trading partner.
The Rangers are showing signs of life again. They've won some key games over the last few weeks and haven't looked overmatched in any of their recent losses. Derick Brassard appears to be heating up of late and has 31 points this season.
New York still hasn't found its footing and is in danger of slipping into the wild-card position. The Rangers are 5-11-2 since Nov. 25, which is basically when this slide began. Their upcoming schedule is incredibly challenging, too.
The Rangers lost nine of 12 in December with one game to go. Thanks to going 15-3-2 through their first 20 games this season, they're still second in the Metropolitan Division, but there's little reason for the Rangers to feel great about where they're at.
The tailspin continues. New York is tumbling down the standings amid a 3-9-2 slide since just after Thanksgiving. They went from first place to third and 10 points behind the Eastern-leading Capitals. It's been a shocking decline.
Engaged in a close battle for the top of the Metro with Washington, the Rangers haven't been playing their best hockey of late. Losses in five of their last seven have been eye-opening.
The Rangers halted their recent three-game skid, but warts were exposed. With some of the worst possession numbers in the league, there's a lot to improve on. That will be harder to do without Derek Stepan, who is out 4-6 weeks with broken ribs.
The Rangers have the most wins and points through 21 games in the franchise's 89-year history (via NHL PR). With balanced scoring, they continue to excel in front of a stellar Henrik Lundqvist.
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The Rangers are scoring early, too. They've posted 12 goals through their first three games with a surprising offensive leader. Rookie Oscar Lindberg has been a huge surprise, scoring four goals to start the year.
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