October was one disappointment after another for the New York Rangers, who went 4-7-2 during the season's first month and spent more time closer to last place than a playoff spot.
But as the Rangers prepare to host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden on Monday night, they are showing signs of life and will be in pursuit of their fourth straight victory.
The Rangers' three wins aren't all that impressive -- they had to rally at home to beat the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, then won two games in Florida in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers -- but they outshot all three opponents and are 7-for-7 on the penalty kill, marking the first time this season they haven't allowed a power-play goal in three straight games.
"We're on our way," defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk told the New York Daily News. "We don't want to sit back and think we're in the clear here. We have to make sure that we're building. We played some good teams here on the road and played some great games, but we just have to keep this effort consistent and we'll start getting a lot of wins." >> Read more
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