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Numbers don't lie: Rangers have excellent chance to make the playoffs

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella yells at

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella yells at officials during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Dec. 15, 2010) Credit: AP

Converse to the Isles' miniscule playoff percentages outlined in the previous post from the excellent Sports Club Stats website, the Rangers are in good shape -- very good shape.

According to the site, the Rangers have an 89.3% chance of making the postseason, the fifth-best percentage in the East (behind the Flyers, Penguins, Bruins and Canadiens).

The site breaks down each of the playoff slots by percentage too -- Rangers are not likely to be a top seed, with a 3% chance of gaining the No. 1 seed, 1% at No. 2 and 0% at No. 3; most likely slots for them are fifth (27%) or sixth (21%).

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