The New York Rangers have officially clinched the President’s Trophy for being the number one team in the league as well as the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 win tonight over the New Jersey Devils. A hard fought game in New Jersey has the Rangers thinking that anything is possible this season as they earn two points and home ice advantage throughout the entire playoffs.
For the first time since 1994, the Rangers are ending the season as the number one team in the league. Every fan knows the ending of that season, and can only hope that history repeats itself. This is also the Rangers’ third time winning the trophy as well.
They are now 52-21-7 with 111 points and two games left in the regular season and are on a five game winning streak. Those two games are against Ottawa, who is fighting for a playoff spot, and Washington.
While the Rangers are shifting their focus towards the post season, they still must not take these last two games lightly. Ottawa could potentially be a playoff opponent and the Capitals are second in the Metropolitan Division. Both teams are very dangerous and Ottawa is a desperate hockey club.
Having home ice advantage is a huge benefit come playoff time, especially since the Blueshirts are just as good at home as they have been on the road. With forty eight ROW (regulation/overtime wins) the Rangers have quietly climbed the standings and can easily come back against any team to win.
With the postseason starting next week, New York is ready to make another memorable run for the final prize, the Stanley Cup. With an almost fully healthy team (Kevin Klein started skating, hopefully to return by the first round), the Rangers are going to be one lethal team. With depth and outstanding goaltending, New York’s time for the Cup is coming. There is still work to be done.