Lyle Richardson at Fox News takes a look at the six teams fighting for the finally three playoff spots in the East and has this to say about the Rangers...
"The Rangers meanwhile have been slowly gaining ground on the struggling Bruins, climbing to within three points of eighth overall.
Still, it's been a slog of fits and starts, as inconsistent defense and lack of offensive depth continue to hamper the Blueshirts as it has for most of this season.
They've gotten a boost in their last two games courtesy of super-pest Sean Avery, who was the game star in a 3-1 victory over the Flyers last Sunday and seemed re-energized after being benched prior to that game.
Still, their playoff chances continue to rest upon the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist and the offense of the Marian Gaborik line. If they falter in the season's final weeks the Rangers could miss the playoffs."
...at the end of the day, because the other five teams, with the exception of Montreal, are struggling as bad if not worse than the Rangers, I really do think they still have a legitimate chance of getting in the playoffs.
...and if the Rangers do happen to stumble into to playoffs, it will be because of the follies of the rest of the East not so much their superior play.