Boston shut out Atlanta last night, which drops the Rangers seven points out of the last playoff spot with ten games to go. They're now as close to last place in the conference as they are to eighth. The more pressing concern for the Rangers? Not to slip any further in the standings, for pride's sake. They play the fourteenth-place Islanders tonight, but in a crowded bottom half of the standings — five teams have between 68 and 71 points — the Isles are just three points behind the Blueshirts.
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