Despite losing three games in a row (one in a shootout), the New York Rangers are still a very real threat in the Eastern Conference.
The NHL has proven to fans over the years that any team that makes the playoffs has a chance to win the Cup. This abridged season has not even reached its halfway point, and the difference right now in the Eastern Conference between first place and ninth place is only eight points.
At this time, no team (even Buffalo) is out of contention, but the Rangers are an especially dangerous team to overlook.
They are not playing their best hockey right now, but the Rangers know they have the talent and hunger to be a title contender.
The Eastern Conference standings will shift a lot between now and late April. Here are five reasons the Rangers will be shifting upwards during that time: