The Rangers had been doing a good job of not giving up more than two goals a game until Tuesday

RangersPrior to the Rangers loss to LA on Tuesday, the Rangers had not allowed more than two 5 on 5 goals in a game in 13 games. (War on Ice)

The Rangers gave up four goals at 5 on 5 to the Kings on Tuesday and prior to that the last time they gave up more than two 5 on 5 goals in a game was on 2/22 against Coliumbus. (War on Ice)

Prior to Tuesday, the Rangers had not given up more than 2 goals (in any situation) in a game in their previous 10. (War on Ice)

Rangers interested in Boston University goaltender Matt O’Connor

3/26/15 | 3:46PM: O’Connor will visit Edmonton and Calgary and his list is down to those two teams, the Rangers, Sabres, and Senators. (Spector)

3/25/15 | 8:20 PM: The Rangers are reported to be among four frontrunners for undrafted free agent goalie Matt O’Connor (McKenzie, March 25).

O’Connor and Boston University face Yale Friday in the the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Buffalo, Ottawa and Edmonton are also reported to be in the running for O’Connor.

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The Rangers hope that Marty St. Louis will get on the ice tomorrow (Updates)

Marty St. Louis3/26/15 | 3PM: Marty said that he didn’t push himself too hard today and felt encouraged by what he did on the ice this morning. He said that since he has never had an injury like this it’s hard for him to gauge how he is feeling. (Newsday)

12:39PM: St. Louis said that he is interested in seeing how he feels tomorrow after skating for an hour today. (NYR)

He said that as of right now he doesn’t have a timetable for a return. (Zipay)

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The decision on which game Henrik Lundqvist will play this weekend will be made tomorrow

Henrik Lundqvist Daughter3:10PM: Lundqvist said that he is getting excited to play and that he was never more excited than today for a morning skate. (Newsday)

Lundqvist took a puck off the helmet in practice today and said that while he isn’t asking for shots like that, it’s good that they happen to know that everything is good. (Newsday)

He said that he feels close to ready to play. (Ranger Rants)

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The Rangers can clinch a playoff spot tonight

RANGERS11:09AM: From the NHL:

  • * If the Rangers defeat the Senators in any fashion, they would clinch a playoff berth if the Ducks defeat the Bruins in any fashion.
  • * If the Rangers get one point against the Senators (overtime or shootout loss), they would clinch a playoff berth if the Ducks defeat the Bruins in regulation.
  • * The Rangers cannot clinch a playoff berth if they lose to the Senators in regulation.

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The team the Rangers are facing tonight

The Ottawa Senators are 9-1 in their last ten games and they have moved into the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Senators have scored 16 goals in the past three games and allowed 9.

On Wednesday, Alain Vigneault said that all the games coming up for the Rangers are against desperate teams and that the Rangers will need to be better than they were against the Kings.

He said that team is “very aware” that they need to be better and that Ottawa is playing fast, desperate and with a lot of energy.