by Patrick Hoffman on 04/01/12 at 12:50 PM ET
Coming into the season, not many hockey pundits and fans alike knew what to expect of the New York Rangers.
Tonight, their questions could be answered. If the Rangers manage to beat the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden tonight and the Philadelphia Flyers manage to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon, the team will finish the season as the No.1 team in the Eastern Conference.
The Blueshirts have won four straight games and come into tonight’s game as Atlantic Division leaders, Eastern Conference leaders and tied for first in the entire NHL. The team is starting to get consistent goal-scoring, Henrik Lundqvist is starting to look like himself in goal again and the team’s power play is starting click.
The Rangers also come into tonight’s tilt looking to sweep the season series against the Bruins. The team has won five straight games against their Original-Six rival and has won 9 of their last 11 games against the Bruins as well.
For the Rangers, tonight should be all about doing what they have done all season long to win hockey games. The team will need to cash in on their chances, block shots, forecheck hard and get good goaltending from Lundqvist.
It could be a magical night at MSG tonight so make sure to tune in to watch your favorite hockey club.
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