While the Rangers 17-8-2 record has them tied for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with Boston. If you look inside the numbers the Blueshirts may not be as good as their record suggests.
From Larry Brooks' article in the New York Post today...
"...the Rangers have only one regulation victory in their last eight games, two in their last 11 and only three in their last 14."
Sam Weinman at the Rangers Report adds this from MSG's John Giannone...
"If the NHL ended games after five minutes of overtime and didn’t go to a shootout, the Rangers’ 17-7-2 record would be a substantially less impressive 11-7-8."
...while Giannone's point is moot because the NHL rules do include a shootout, so who cares what their record might be, it is a bit alarming that the Rangers have been so dependent on shootouts for wins.
...the next three games against Pittsburgh, Montreal and Calgary will be a huge barometer for this team.