Inconsistency has been the hallmark of the New York Rangers' season - one that could end without a playoff appearance if they can't finally conquer the problem over the last six games.
The Rangers look to bounce back from a lackluster loss when they continue a season-closing stretch against teams out of playoff position by hosting the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
New York (21-17-4) had gone 5-1-1 in seven games coming into Tuesday's road contest against Philadelphia, which has endured a rough 2013 and is likely to miss the postseason. The Rangers had also won 11 of 12 against the Flyers.
New York, though, trailed 2-0 after the first period and couldn't make up the difference despite dominating the final 20 minutes, outshooting Philadelphia 17-4 but losing 3-2.
"Every game is a playoff game, we know that," captain Ryan Callahan said. "It's so tight battling for that playoff spot. Every point is really important right now. We have to put t...