New York Rangers Push For a Playoff Position in the East

Matt AmlingContributor IApril 7, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers skates against the New Jersey Devils during the game on March 30, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

With the season down to its' final three games, the New York Rangers find themselves in a tie for the final playoff spot with the Florida Panthers. The Rangers play the Canadiens tonight at the Garden looking to pull in front of the surging Florida Panthers.

Not only is tonight's game huge for the Rangers, so are the next two, which both happen to be against the Philadelphia Flyers. They have really turned it on lately, being a win away from clinching a playoff berth.

Lately, the Blue Shirts have been very streaky, and have had a shortage of goals. Of course, the power play is another story. But one thing that the Rangers do have in their favor is that two of their final three games are on home ice at Madison Square Garden.

Now, no one is telling you the truth when they say that they know what is going to happen in this Eastern Conference playoff race. I believe that with a well-played game tonight against Montreal, the Rangers could gain momentum going into the home and home against the Flyers.

Look for the Rangers to come out on all fours tonight against Montreal, and look to solidify a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.