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Three ups, three downs for the Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist keeps his eye on the action

Henrik Lundqvist keeps his eye on the action in a game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. (April 27, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

What we like
HENRIK LUNDQVIST
He has saved his best for last, finished strong, and being ultracompetitive, will bring his A-game against the Capitals.

SURVIVING TESTS
The Atlantic Division was stronger, with three teams in the playoffs. The Capitals won the Southeast, with three teams having the fewest points in the East.

GETTING HEALTHIER
It’s possible that injured Ryane Clowe, Brian Boyle and Marc Staal can return, adding depth, size and ruggedness.

Why we’re concerned
THE POWER PLAY
Six-for-44 in the last 12, sometimes going two minutes without a shot. Tortorella sees improvement, but it’s clearly a flaw.

FALLING BEHIND
When allowing the first goal, Rangers are 8-16-3, although have shown some resilience. When scoring first? 18-2-1.

ROAD BLUES
The Rangers are 10-12-2 on the road. They stumbled in Florida and needed a miraculous comeback in Carolina to avert a showdown with the Devils for a playoff berth. 

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