Tonight's game against Ottawa marks the Rangers 21st of the 2017-18 season and they enter it with a record of 9-9-2 and a goal differential of minus 4.
In the past 10 games the Rangers are 7-3 but they have lost two games in a row.
Prior to the game against Columbus on Friday, Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers are on "the right track" and that while there is room for improvement they are "working real hard to get it done."
Vigneault added that besides Tampa Bay no one else in the East has really separated themselves and that the Rangers focus remains on going game by game.
As of Saturday night the Rangers are only 5 points out of first place in the Metro but Sports Club Stats gives them a 30% chance to make the playoffs.
Adam Rotter: At 2-6-2 after 10 games, I think 9-9-2 after 20 games is pretty good for the Rangers. They are not where they need to be but they showed in the past 10 games that they can defend leads, find ways to win and get the kind of goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist that they need. This next stretch of ten games features 7 at home for the Rangers and a good opportunity for them to build off their recent strong play at MSG. If the Rangers are serious about building on what they did from Halloween to this past Wednesday then we will see it in the next 20 games. Their next 20 game stretch wraps up just after the Winter Classic. By then we will know who these Rangers are and what kind of second half to expect.