The New York Rangers (36-28-4, 76 points) will finish a back-to-back on Wednesday when they travel to Colorado to play the Avalanche. The Rangers play on the road in Dallas on Tuesday against the Stars. New York is in 7th place in the Metropolitan Division but now trails both Carolina and the New York Islanders by three points and is in 11th place in the Eastern Conference playoff race three points behind the 8th and final place.
Colorado (41-20-8, 90 points) remains two points behind 1st place St. Louis in the Central division and the Western Conference playoff race. The Avalanche lost their last outing and are 7-2-1 over the last 10 games played. Colorado holds a four-point lead over 3rd place Vegas in the West. After winning seven straight, Colorado has lost three of its last four.
Rangers Remain in playoff raceDespite the Rangers losing four of the last five, New York remains in the Eastern Conference playoff race. New York is in 11th place in the conference standings and just three points behind the 8th and final spot that reaches the postseason. However, New York cannot afford to continue losing after it's 6-4 setback on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.
The leading scorer for the New York Rangers is center Mika Zinbanejad with 39 goals, and Artemi Panarin is the assists leader with 61 as well as the points leader with 93. New York is allowing an average of 3.16 goals per game and scoring average of 3.34 goals per game. New York's power play is scoring 23.5% of the time and its penalty-kill is successful just 77.9% of the time.
Avalanche lose Nathan MacKinnonNot only did the Colorado Avalanche lose their most recent outing on Monday 3-1 to the red-hot Los Angeles Kings but the Avalanche lost their leading points producer center Nathan MacKinnon to a lower-body injury suffered in the second period. McKinnon did not return after suffering the injury and his status will not be known until the team releases an injury report sometime on Tuesday.
Nathan MacKinnon is leading Colorado in the three major offensive statistical categories. The center leads the Avalanche in goals scored with 35 as well as assists with 58 and total points with 93. Colorado is allowing an average of 2.72 goals per game and scoring an average of 3.38 goals per game. The Colorado power play is rather weak at 18.6% while the success rate for the penalty kill is 81.1%.
- Colorado is 1-3 in the last 4
- New York is 7-1 in the last eight on the road
- The Rangers are 6-4 in the last 10