Rangers hoping to gain ground on surging Bruins

Promote the Playoffs will run every early morning through completion of the 2020-21 NHL season. We’ll highlight the present playoff image in both conferences, have a look at what the first-round matches may appear like, see who’s leading the race for the very best chances in the draft lottery game and more.

You can just play the schedule in front of you, so excuse the Rangers for glimpsing at the East Department standings and thinking the playoffs remain in reach.

After battering on the Devils today with a four-game sweep, that included a set of Igor Shesterkin nothings, New york city sits 4 points behind the fourth-place Bruins. Boston, obviously, has the critical 2 video games in-hand, however the Rangers’ approaching schedule keeps the door open for a late push must the Bruins mistake.

After checking out the Islanders on Tuesday, the Rangers begin a homestand that includes a set of two-game series versus the Flyers and Sabres. These next 2 weeks is the time for David Quinn’s charges to comprise ground and hope the red-hot Bruins stumble. New york city’s last 6 video games of the routine season function two-game sets versus the Islanders, Capitals, and Bruins. No simple jobs there to discover your method into the playoffs.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good spot,” stated Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad. “So we try to take it a game at a time, and it sounds very cliché but that’s all we can do. Just worry about the next game and try to get the two points and move on.”

[Your 2020-21 NHL on NBC TV schedule]

IF PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY (arranged by points portion)

EAST DEPARTMENT
1. Capitals vs. 4. Bruins
2. Islanders vs. 3. Penguins

NORTH DEPARTMENT
1. Maple Leafs vs. 4. Canadiens
2. Jets vs. 3. Oilers

WEST DEPARTMENT
1. Avalanche vs. 4. Blues
2. Golden Knights vs. 3. Wild

CENTRAL DEPARTMENT
1. Hurricanes vs. 4. Stars
2. Lightning vs. 3. Panthers

TODAY’S SECRET GAMES
Hurricanes vs. Lightning, 7 p.m. ET
Red Wings vs. Stars, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN livestream)
Blackhawks vs. Predators, 8 p.m. ET
Wild vs. Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET
Canadiens vs. Oilers 9 p.m. ET

PLAYOFF PORTIONS (through MoneyPuck)

Capitals – 97.5%
Penguins – 95.8%
Islanders – 90.2%
Bruins – 88.6%
Rangers – 27.6%
Flyers – 0.3%
Devils – 0%
Sabres – gotten rid of

PLAYOFF PORTIONS (through MoneyPuck)

Maple Leafs – 100%
Jets – 99.9%
Oilers – 99%
Canadiens – 76.3%
Flames – 19.8%
Canucks – 5%
Senators – 0%

PLAYOFF PORTIONS (through MoneyPuck)

Hurricanes – 100%
Lightning – 100%
Panthers – 100%
Stars – 60.8%
Predators – 28.5%
Blackhawks – 10.7%
Blue Coats – 0%
Red Wings – 0%

PLAYOFF PORTIONS (through MoneyPuck)

Avalanche – 100%
Golden Knights – 100%
Wild – 99.99%
Coyotes – 45.9%
Blues – 33.4%
Kings – 10.8%
Sharks – 9.7%
Ducks – 0.2%

DRAFT LOTTERY GAME IMAGE (through MoneyPuck)

Sabres – 17.1%
Ducks – 11.2%
Senators – 10.8%
Devils – 10.1%
Red Wings – 9.1%
Blue Coats – 8.5%
Kings – 5.4%
Sharks – 5.4%
Canucks – 5.1%
Blues – 2.9%
Blackhawks – 2.7%
Flames – 2.7%
Flyers – 2.6%
Coyotes – 2.4%
Predators – 1.5%

ART ROSS PRIZE RACE
Connor McDavid, Oilers – 71 points
Leon Draisaitl, Oilers – 63
Patrick Kane, Blackhawks – 56
Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs – 54
Mitch Marner, Maple Leafs – 54
Brad Marchand, Bruins – 54

ROCKET RICHARD RACE
Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs – 33 objectives
Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche – 26
Alex Ovechkin, Capitals – 24
Connor McDavid, Oilers – 23
Brad Marchand, Bruins – 23

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Sean Leahy is an author for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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