2006_03_srangerslib.gifIt will be a strange day for Rangers’ fans as they will actually be forced to root for the Devils this afternoon. Since the Flyers beat New York 4-1 Saturday, Philadelphia controls their own fate. However, if New Jersey can win today, the Rangers would have the chance to clinch the division with a win on Tuesday.

Even if the Devils win, New York has to figure out a way to right the ship before the playoffs. They certainly have injury problems, but the Rangers have not played well during their four-game losing streak. They have been outworked which is shocking for a team that has played so hard for most of the year.

Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net Tuesday night for the first time in almost a month and the team can only hope that he isn’t too rusty. The playoffs start Friday night and the Rangers will need the “old” Lundqvist if they are going to have any chance of advancing past the first round.