by Patrick Hoffman on 04/03/11 at 11:51 AM ET
Losing two straight games will do that and the New York Rangers now find themselves in a must win situation in Philadelphia this afternoon against the Flyers.
The ninth place Carolina Hurricanes find themselves just one point behind the Blueshirts after beating the New York Islanders last night and look to be getting hot at the right time. On the other hand, you have the Rangers who are coming off a 6-2 loss at the hands of the New York Islanders and are now heading into two extremely tough games against the Flyers this afternoon and the Boston Bruins tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.
This afternoon’s tilt will have a real playoff feeling and the Rangers will need to treat it as such. The Flyers have not been playing great of late but will be looking to improve their play heading into the first round of the playoffs.
If the Rangers want to have any kind of success this afternoon, one thing they will have to do is get their offense going again. The team has scored three goals in their last three games and have not done enough to generate the kind of offense that is needed to put the puck in the net.
The team will also need its goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to have a huge game this afternoon. Lundqvist has certainly been doing his part to keep this team in a playoff spot and with the exception of Thursday night’s loss to the Islanders, has been exceptional over the last several weeks for the Blueshirts.
Luckily for the Rangers, they have been a solid team on the road this season and willl be looking for their 24th victory away from home ice this afternoon. Should the Rangers win today, it will tie the team’s franchise record of 24 wins on the road set back during the Cup season of 1993-94.
While the Rangers have three games at home to close out the season, it’s all about one game at a time for the team. Right now, it’s about beating the Philadelphia Flyers in a must win game.
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