The Rangers (45-27-9) relinquished their hold on third in the Metro and fell into a tie with the Islanders after the 4-1 loss to their crosstown rivals. Both clubs have 99 points, but the Isles have two games remaining.
"It's been like that every year, the last couple (of games) sorts out the seeding and who you're going to play," Marc Staal told the club's official website. "We wanted to win this game, we wanted it bad.
"... But we haven't lost any confidence in this room."
No matter where they finish, the Rangers will open the playoffs on the road. However, third place sends them to Pittsburgh - which has won eight in a row and 14 of 15 - while the first wild card pits them against Atlantic champion Florida. New York lost three of four to the Penguins this season but won two of three against the Panthers. >> Read More...