The Serious Six . . .
That’s where it’s at in the NHL now – the last three spots in the Eastern Conference are up from grabs, and six clubs are separated by four points in an effort to claim them. And, there are only a handful of games left in which to stake those claims. Starting with today’s results, we’re going to try to take a look at these teams as they sprint to the finish – who’s up, who’s down, who has the advantage.
This afternoon, as play begins, they stand this way:
7. NY Rangers: 38-28-9 (85)
10. NY Islanders: 36-27-11 (83)
Today’s impact games:
NY Rangers @ NY Islanders
The Rangers are 2-4 against the Isles this year but have won the last two contests (both by 2-1 margins). Henrik Lundqvist has only one loss in regulation in his last 12 decisions (8-1-3).