Tonight's matchup with the Bruins marks the New York Rangers' 12th game of the condensed 48-game schedule or, in other words, the quarter pole of the season. If the Blueshirts win their regular-season series finale in Boston, they'll be 7-5 and trending upwards.
After the panic of a 1-3 start, New York has corrected itself by winning five of the last seven games and head into a stretch of their schedule that could jumpstart the team on a run to climb up the Eastern Conference standings.
Following Boston, the Rangers conclude February by playing the Islanders twice, Canadiens twice, Capitals, Senators, Jets and the Lightning once more. The combined record for the teams is 30-33-6. This is the time for the Rangers to prove they are one of the elite teams in the NHL and go on a run against struggling teams and inferior opponents.
As we know, the Islanders always bring out their best against New York and the Canadiens' team speed historically gives t...