Ending the season on a high note is surely a morale boost for the organization and its players.
But the Rangers' 4-3 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday actually knocked the Blueshirts from fifth to sixth in the NHL Draft lottery draw, when they could have moved up to fourth had they lost in regulation to the Penguins.
Instead, the meaningless victory means the Rangers now own a 7.5 percent chance of drawing the top pick in the lottery; they have not selected first overall since 1965.
In the sixth slot, the Rangers have a 23.3 percent chance of getting into the top three picks.
Of course, the predicament is not only a product of Saturday's result. The team played fairly well down the stretch, going 4-4-1 over their final tilts.