What's a better way to get into the holiday spirit than to host three division rivals in consecutive games? That's exactly what the New York Rangers are doing this week as the blueshirts (18-8-4, 40 points), who are trying to maintain their second-place spot in the Atlantic Division standings, will play at the New Jersey Devils, then host the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, respectively.
On Tuesday, the Rangers visit the Devils for the first time this season. New Jersey (18-13-1, 37 points) is currently on a four-game winning streak and has won six of its last seven games. The Devils are 7-5-1 at the Prudential Center this season, while New York is 10-5-2 on the road.
On Thursday, the Rangers host the last-place Islanders (10-14-6, 26 points) at Madison Square Garden. This will be the second meeting between the two New York franchises. Both teams have earned a victory against each other.
Then, Rangers host the first-place Flyers (20-8-3) Friday night for the second time this season. The last time these two teams met, New York defeated Philadelphia, 2-0, Nov. 26.
Here's a brief Rangers' composite schedule for the week:
Tues., Dec. 19: Ranges at Devils -- 7 p.m. ET on MSG
Thurs., Dec. 22: Islanders at Rangers -- 7 p.m. ET on MSG
Fri., Dec. 23: Flyers at Rangers -- 7 p.m. ET on MSG
Here's a look at the Atlantic Division standings (as of Monday, Dec. 19):
|New York Rangers||30||18||8||4||40|
|New York Islanders||30||10||14||6||26|
(updated 12.19.2011 at 8:50 AM EST)