NEW YORK -- To climb out of the Metropolitan Division basement, the New York Rangers will have to beat the hottest team in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers will look to begin scraping their way back into playoff contention Wednesday night, when they host the surging Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden.
The Bruins won for the eighth time in 10 games Tuesday night, when they edged the host Detroit Red Wings, 3-2. The Rangers suffered their seventh loss in 10 games Monday, when they capped a rough road trip through the Central Division by falling to the Dallas Stars, 2-1.
The current skid by the Rangers (25-23-5) has dropped them into last place in the Metropolitan Division. But the good news for New York is the packed nature of the Metro leaves them just three points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders, who are tied for the second and final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.
"The frustrating thing is that we're not winning right now," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said following Monday's loss. "I think effort-wise, we're playing better than the results we're getting. But that's just the way it is right now." >> Read more
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