The New York Rangers remaining nine games are pretty demanding, but that doesn't mean they aren't up for the challenge.
Here is a breakdown of the final weeks:
March 23rd against the Buffalo Sabres - The Sabres are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Northeast Division with 80 points, so will be playing hard against the Rangers. New York, however, has won all three games to date against the Sabres.
March 24th against the Toronto Maple Leafs - The Leafs are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Northeast Division with 72 points and have no prayer of making the playoffs. The Rangers have defeated them in both outings this season, so this should be a no-brainer.
March 27th against the Minnesota Wild - The Wild are 13th in the Western Conference and sit in fourth place in the Northwest Division with 70 points. They, like the Maple Leafs are also a lost cause for the postseason. This will be the first and only meeting between the two teams this season.
March 28th against the Winnipeg Jets - The Jets are in 10th in the Eastern Conference and third in the Southeast Division with 76 points. The Rangers have played especially well against the Jets this season, defeating them in all three meetings thus far (two of which were 3-0 shutouts).
March 30th against the Montreal Canadians - The Habs are in 15th (last) place in the Eastern Conference and fifth place in the Northeast Division with 69 points. They are having a terrible season, but have beaten the Rangers in two out of the three meetings this year, so despite their poor record, appear to have one-up on the Blueshirts.
April 1st against the Boston Bruins - The Bruins are in second place in the Eastern Conference and are in first place in the Northeast Division with 87 points. Although they have been struggling to find their earlier season glory, they still remain atop their division. The Rangers have won all three matchups against the defending Stanley Cup champs; two of which were only by one goal, but the Blueshirts have the advantage in that game I believe.
April 3rd against the Philadelphia Flyers - The Flyers are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and third in the Atlantic Division with 92 points. While they have been playing great hockey this year, the Rangers seem to have their number, having defeated them in all five meetings this season, and there's no reason why that shouldn't continue in their final game in the regular season.
April 5th against the Pittsburgh Penguins - The Penguins are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and a close second in the Atlantic Division with 96 points. They are on a tear lately and have defeated the Rangers in three out of the five matchups this season (so is the only team I am really concerned about).
April 7th against the Washington Capitals - The Caps are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and second place in the Southeast Division with 80 points. The Rangers have defeated them two out of the three times they have met this season, but the Capitals are hungry to make the playoffs and are teetering on the edge, so will probably be a tough fight.
That being said, however, the Rangers know how important staying atop the Atlantic Division is for them and will stop at nothing to achieve that. They just need to stay strong and take it day-by-day and trust in what they have created this season, because it is tantamount (if not better than) to the 1994 Stanley Cup champ team.