The 2021 NHL season is at its midway level, and the Rangers are sitting in sixth within the East with 28 factors. At first of the season, the playoffs had been definitely a risk, however many issues needed to go proper for that to occur. Thus far, just one or two of these issues have gone proper. The playoffs aren’t out of the query, however they’re slipping away shortly. There aren’t many video games left to make up floor, so what do the NY Rangers must do to make the 2021 playoffs?
As of the writing of this submit, the Rangers are eight factors behind the Bruins for 4th within the division. The Flyers are between them with 33 factors in fifth place. This yr the playoffs are totally different, and the highest 4 groups will make the playoffs. There aren’t any wild playing cards. So the Rangers might want to move each groups to take action.
The Bruins are on a 72 level tempo by way of 56 video games. Utilizing that tempo, the Rangers might want to end with 73 factors. This implies the Rangers want 45 factors of their remaining 28 video games this season. That is an especially tall order at 1.6 factors per recreation. Even a mean of three factors each two video games doesn’t get them there. The Rangers must go on an extended win streak.
With out factoring within the loser level, even a 20-8 file doesn’t get the job finished. They’d must go 21-7, which will get them to 72 factors. Is that this doable? Certain. Is it probably? In all probability not. However crazier issues have occurred, they usually may occur with a wholesome Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin.
Of their 28 remaining video games, 9 of them are in opposition to Buffalo and the Devils. It goes with out saying that the Rangers must win all 9 of these video games. That depart 19 video games in opposition to groups forward of them.
- Six video games in opposition to Washington
- 4 video games in opposition to the Flyers
- Two video games in opposition to the Penguins
- 5 video games in opposition to the Isles
- Two video games in opposition to the Bruins to shut out the season
Going 12-7 in opposition to these groups would possibly assure them a spot, with 11-8 leaving them underneath the 72 level threshold. The large video games are these two in opposition to Boston to shut out the season, as they’re four-point video games and it’s assumed the Rangers might want to win each.
It we assume the Rangers do win each in opposition to Boston, then it’s a 10-7 file in opposition to the Caps, Flyers, Penguins, and Isles. All this to get to the 72 factors that *would possibly* get them into the playoffs. It is a lot for a workforce that has been wildly inconsistent all yr.
The Rangers management their very own future in the intervening time, however they want plenty of issues to go proper for them. Six factors an evening from Mika Zibanejad is definitely a begin. For now, the NY Rangers have an out of doors shot at making the 2021 playoffs. For now.