The Rangers host the Leafs tonight in the biggest game the Garden has seen in the last 10 years. They don't have to win, but a loss would put them on brink.
Here's the reason: A loss would mean the most points the Rangers could finish with would be 86. The Flyers and Canadiens would clinch and that would leave just the Bruins within reach. All Boston would need is two points in the final three games. Death!
Now a win would be great but don't wait on line for tickets just yet. The max points the Blueshirts could get would be 88. The Bruins would need four points to hold off NY and the Flyers would need just two. The good news: The Rangers play their last two games vs the Flyers this weekend.
Note: The Bruins schedule the rest of the way -- Home vs. Sabres and Hurricanes and at the Caps.
Now take an advil and read on. The point is to win tonight. Any way possible. The building will be rocking and the Rangers have to match the crowd. Don't write off the Leafs either; they may be in last place but they don't have a first-round pick -- they want to win and to play the spoiler. If the Blueshirts think two points are an easy get, it may soon be time for their last rites.