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With eight of their next 10 at home, Rangers are showing signs of life

Jan 6, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

Dominic Moore, Brian Boyle AP

If you had to pick a low point to the Rangers’ season, it probably came Dec. 20 at MSG with a 5-3 loss to the Islanders.

“This was definitely a frustrating game,” said goalie Henrik Lundqvist, whose record fell to 2-4-2 since signing his big contract extension. “There’s no question we beat ourselves.”

But ever since that frustration, the Rangers have found some life. On Saturday, they devastated the Leafs in Toronto, winning 7-1 and improving their record to 5-2-0 since the Isles loss.

“I’m not quite sure if you can put one thing specific on it,” coach Alain Vigneault said about his team’s 50-shot barrage versus the embarrassed Leafs, per The Record. “We moved the puck well, we got some good opportunities and we were able to finish on a couple.”

Tonight, the Columbus Blue Jackets pay a visit to MSG, a rink that will be hosting a lot of hockey over the next little while. The Rangers will play eight of their next 10 at home, a prime opportunity to move into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

PS — one of the Rangers’ two road games in their next 10 will be Wednesday in Chicago, on NBCSN, against the Stanley Cup champs.

  1. joey4id - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Hopefully things are starting to click for this team and their fan base. We may be in for a dog fight for the last playoff spot in the met division, and one of the wild card spots in the EC. Go Rangers! Go Flyers! Go Caps! Go Caines!

  2. killerpgh - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    For a team that has only won 8 of 20 games at home this year and has won 13 of 23 on the road is playing 8 out of 10 games at home really a good thing?

  3. cruuuzcontrol - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Immediately before this most recent road trip, they came into a 9 game home stand off a similar plus streak, then proceeded to fall flat on their face before recovering to go right back to .500. I’m inclined to think the same will happen here. Plus, they’re gonna have to show a lot of life to get fans to forget about that horror show against Pittsburgh on Friday.

  4. ntvd7 - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Good for Dominic Moore…

    He had a tough year and now he’s found back in the mix

  5. xdj511 - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    “Signs of life”

    Ahh what a myopic view. I wouldn’t have known they were on a 5-2 run if you didn’t point it out to me. One of those losses was three days ago and it was a 5-1 embarassment against half of the Penguins. The fact that the Rangers came back the next night and blew out the unbelieveably flat Leafs didn’t wash the previous night’s effort completely from my mind.

    Now they’re home for 8 of their next 10, where they have a losing record, yet everybody expects them to suddenly figure it out and start winning.

    Who is in goal tonight… Hank or Cam? Is Carcillo going to debut tonight or does JT Miller get to keep playing? He has earned his spot. Please don’t give it away to this retread because of the outdated idea that the Rangers need more “grit”

    Oh well, bring on the Blue Jackets!

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    As long as they play Cam over Stay Puft, they have a chance.

  7. stepanup - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    I think Ranger fans, this year in particular, are ready for another completely flat and uninspired effort at home. Fast forward to tomorrow after we’re outworked, lose 4-1, and we’re back to the doomsday posts on PHT.

  8. xdj511 - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Apparently Hank is in goal tonight… PLEASE harken back to a time when you were #2 in all of the major goaltending categories and not your supposed “backup”

    Thank you.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Stay Puft has already given up 3 soft goals and the second period hasn’t ended yet.

      If the Rangers want to even think about the playoffs, Stay Puft needs to be the backup.

  9. nyeagles10 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    they really need a hat trick from Nash right about now esp with no kreider

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