NHL Postseason: Can the New York Rangers Make a Push for the Playoffs?

March 4th, 2011 by Erik Johnson Leave a reply »
The NHL season is winding down to its final stretch, and the New York Rangers once again find themselves in a precarious situation.

After going 4-10-1 in their last fifteen games, the play of the Rangers has raised serious doubt about their postseason chances. They currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but the Buffalo Sabres sit just two points behind with three games in hand.

The main problem facing the Rangers right now, is their lack of scoring. Veteran defenseman Bryan McCabe was added at the trade deadline to help bolster the power play, but the team managed just four goals and zero wins on its recently completed three-game home stand. Brandon Dubinsky has no goals in his past nine games, while leading goal scorer Brian Boyle has just one in his last eight. To make matters worse, Marian Gaborik remains out with a concussion.

The Rangers' recent woes culminated into a demoralizing 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild last night. Despite dominating the first period, and outshooting the Wild 41-19 overall, the Rangers could not manage to beat veteran netminder Jos ...

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