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The Rangers can clinch the Presidents' Trophy with a win over rival New Jersey Tuesday night, completing a pretty incredible hot streak that's essentially lasted since mid-December.
Up until their last two games, the Rangers hadn't lost consecutive games in nearly two months. They still haven't lost three in a row since November. Does that sound like a team you'd want to face in the playoffs?
Over the past month, the Rangers have gone 11-2-1. They may get Henrik Lundqvist back later in the week. Everything is going right as they look to be on a collision course with the Presidents Trophy.
With 14 wins in their last 17 games and a 33-7-3 record since mid-December, the Rangers have been incredible to watch. They keep winning without Henrik Lundqvist and now own the league's best goal-differential at plus-49.
The Rangers have taken 68 percent of the possible standings points available to them. Only Montreal has been better in that regard. The Rangers have been one of the best teams in the league since December and with points in nine of their last 10 games, they haven't slowed down a bit.
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.
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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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