New York is looking strong heading into the second half of the season, finishing in second place behind Toronto. New York’s 57 points gives them a 13-point advantage over ninth-place Philadelphia Flyers (44 points). The Rangers’ offense and defense ranks among the best in the NHL, but overtaking the Maple Leafs might remain a pipe-dream.
Toronto (68 points) will be tough to catch if they continue to play like they played over the last ten games, going 8-1-1 in that span. They lead the Rangers by eleven points heading onto the second half. The Maple Leafs have lost just seven times but the Rangers handed two of these defeats to them. The Rangers and Maple Leafs will play one more regular season game in New York’s 44th game.
NYR TEAM RANKINGS
GFPG: 3.26 (3rd/5th), GAPG: 2.52 (3rd/4th), PP: 22.5% (1st/2nd), PK: 82.4% (22nd/12th)
NYR TEAM LEADERS
Points: Adam Fox 41 PTS
Assists: Adam Fox 34 AST
Goals: Kaapo Kakko 42 GP, 14 G, 19 AST, 33 PTS
Goals: Ryan Strome 40 GP, 14 G, 17 AST, 31 PTS
Plus/Minus: K’Andre Miller 30 GP, +11 +/-
GAA: Igor Shesterkin 2.33, .911 SV%, 22-8-3, 4 SO
The next season check-in will be March 16 after the Rangers play the Lightning, the day before the Trade Deadline takes place. Twenty games fill the space, 11 at home and 9 on the road. The Rangers have had success at home and on the road (home: 10-5-3 / away: 15-5-4). Marquee matchups over the next 20 games include: