The Rangers did everything they could Saturday afternoon to get themselves into the postseason. Now they have to hope for a little help.
Chris Drury scored his first goal of the season in his first game in more than two months, and Ryan McDonagh scored the winner as the Rangers took care of business by beating the New Jersey Devils 5-2 at Madison Square Garden.
It's now up to the Tampa Bay Lightning to the beat the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. If the Hurricanes win, they will get the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot while the Rangers will be left out for the second season in a row.
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis