Article: Rangers set for annual late-season playoff push

The New York Daily News talks about how the Rangers are gearing up for another late season run at the playoffs.

The Rangers certainly will have to earn their spot with road games tonight at Carolina and Saturday in Boston, plus a Garden match against Montreal and a home-and-home against the Flyers to end the regular season.

“It’s like déjà vu the last couple of years, right down the stretch, they’re all big games,” said Sean Avery, whose 10 points in 13 games since returning to the Rangers include an assist in Monday’s 3-0 win over the Devils. “If anything, it’s beneficial, because it means you’re going into the playoffs playing your best hockey, ideally.”

Despite a strong 9-5-2 run in 16 games since John Tortorella replaced fired coach Tom Renney, the Rangers (40-28-9) are just one point ahead of eighth-place Montreal, which has played one fewer game entering tonight’s Long Island visit, and two ahead of No. 9 Florida.

“We’re not looking at five games, we’re looking at one game. Carolina is probably one of the hottest teams in the league right now. So we’re just looking to try to go back in there and find a way to get points,” Tortorella said. “We don’t need any extra incentive. We need to find a way to get points and everything takes care of itself.”