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 this behind us, and we've got anothe...