- * 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.
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.
On GEICO SportsNite, Henrik Lundqvist, Derick Brassard and Alain Vigneault discuss Lundqvist’s journey back from injury and his anticipated return to the Rangers’ lineup.
Alain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers practice today (NYR):
- On Hank today, “very happy with the amount of work he got today, how he looked in goal, he looked real sharp. A lot of enthusiasm on his part and it was good to have him out with the group in a full practice and looking good.”
1:06PM: Henrik Lundqvist confirms that he will serve as Cam Talbot’s backup goalie tomorrow night when the Rangers play the Senators. (NYR)
Lundqvist just went through his second skate with the team and the Rangers sent Mackenzie Skapski down to Hartford earlier today.
Alain Vigneault said that he will decide on Friday which game Lundqvist will play. (Michelle Yu)