Three ups, three downs for the Rangers
What we like
He has saved his best for last, finished strong, and being ultracompetitive, will bring his A-game against the Capitals.
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.
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.
When allowing the first goal, Rangers are 8-16-3, although have shown some resilience. When scoring first? 18-2-1.
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.