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One Big Thing: Rangers Resurgence
What’s Happening: The New York Rangers are turning it on just in time to make a late season push for the playoffs. After defeating the Sabres 6-3, the Rangers find themselves just four points behind the Bruins for the fourth playoff spot in the East Division.
The Rangers have won six of their last eight games | Rangers Instagram
Tell Me More: The Rangers have won six of their last eight games after Sunday’s win. Mika Zibanejad recorded his seventh career hat trick and third of the season, all of which have occurred in his last 22 games. You might recall, Zibanejad had a slow start to the season.
What Does the Fox Say: Former Harvard University defenseman Adam Fox has been key to the Rangers resurgence. According to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, “Fox had three assists to increase his league leading totals among defensemen to 41 assists and 44 points. And Alexis Lafreniere flourished on the Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich unit, driving and creating throughout while looking like a whole new lad from the one who skated with Nos. 93 and 89 for nine games during Artemi Panarin’s leave of absence that bridged February and March.”
In goal, youngsters Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev have been solid — both goaltender’s save percentages are above .900 — and veteran Keith Kinkaid has filled in nicely when called upon.
On the Horizon: The Rangers have seven games remaining on its schedule — the Bruins have nine. New York’s last two games of the season will be played against the Bruins. “So the Rangers in essence need to pick up at least four points on the Bruins over the next five games and then sweep Boston in regulation time. Owning the regulation wins tiebreak, that would clinch a playoff spot.”
Insider Updates & Analysis
Breaking: NBCUniversal will end its 16-year run with the NHL after this season, and Turner Sports picked up a portion of the league’s TV rights after signing a new seven-year deal. Keep Reading…
Update: Here’s how one NHL enforcer approaches on-ice fighting in the midst of a global pandemic.
Update: Andrew Shaw is retiring at age 29 due to concussions.
Update: A punk rock bar named Kraken Bar & Lounge in Seattle is suing the Seattle Kraken for $3.5 million over naming rights. The Kraken planned to name its practice facility restaurant the Kraken Bar & Grill.
Update: Artem Anisimov, a forward with nearly 800 NHL games to his name, suited up as an emergency backup goalie for the Senators over the weekend.
A Question for the Peanut Gallery
Will the Rangers make the playoffs?