We're about a week away from playoff hockey, and two regular season games away from the end of the schedule. We know the Rangers will be playing in the two-three Metropolitan Division series in the first round, but now, home-ice is on the line. Your morning notes.
Despite a slow start, a pair of power play goals from Brad Richards, and a trio of assists from Martin St. Louis led the Rangers past the Hurricanes Tuesday night. Some recaps of the 4-1 win. [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [The Record] [Newsday] [Blueshirts United]
Both Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider skated on Tuesday, as they continue to progress in their recoveries. There's a chance McDonagh could still return before the regular season ends, while Kreider is still in a cast, and remains out indefinitely. [Blueshirt Banter] [Rangers Rants] [Blueshirts Blog]
The Rangers will officially be going to the postseason. Now, the team's focus has turned to locking up home ice in the first round. [NY Post]
There was a point this season when Henrik Lundqvist was 10-15-2, and going through the toughest stretch of his career. But the King has since righted the ship, and catapulted the Rangers back into the playoffs. [Daily News]