It was a fantastic hockey game on Thursday night between the New York Rangers and the Colorado Avalanche. The Rangers, playing in the last game of a four-game road trip, got a point despite blowing two one-goal leads. The point combined with a Philadelphia Flyers loss means that the Rangers still control their own destiny to get home-ice advantage in the inevitable postseason meeting between the two rivals.
The Rangers magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now down to two. That means any combination of two points won by the Rangers and two points lost by the Washington Capitals will clinch the Rangers’ playoff berth. With the way the Capitals have been playing, it is likely that the Rangers will be clinching a playoff spot sooner rather than later.
However, the main thing everyone is talking about is the home ice in the playoff series between the Rangers and Flyers. The Rangers are the best road team in the NHL. They have set a franchise record with 25 road wins this season. Home ice isn’t that important, but given the fact that the Flyers have only won one game at Madison Square Garden since 2011, it seems to be a big deal.
This game was a minor setback for the Rangers. They blew a lead to one of the better teams in the NHL and still played a good game. It should also be noted that they were missing their best player in Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers still control their own destiny and should clinch any day now.