With nine games left in the regular season, the Rangers have a one-point lead over the surging Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh has won nine of its last 10 games and recently welcomed Sidney Crosby back to the lineup, making the Penguins all the more dangerous during the stretch run.
New York handled the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday night, securing the victory 2:42 into the extra session when Ryan Callahan banged home a shot off the goal post. It was the Rangers' second straight win after they lost five of their previous seven.
Buffalo has also won two straight, including a 3-0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.