The New York Rangers seem to be regaining their mojo, having won five out of their last six games.
But with only five games remaining in the regular season and so much at stake in obtaining first place in the Atlantic Division, the heat is definitely on.
Their number one goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, continues to be a strong force in net. Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards have more than figured out how to play and assist one another. Even Brandon Dubinsky is playing better hockey recently than we have seen from him all season.
That, and the fact that they capitalized on the opportunity to surpass their Atlantic Division rival Pittsburgh Penguins by a stretch of five points, puts them in a pretty good position.
But with five games left to be played, so much can change in the standings. I would like to focus on what the ideal matchups for the New York Rangers would be in each playoff round. Please note the key word is "ideal," and it's not so much dependent upon the actual current standings, but rather who I would prefer them to play in each round.