If the New York Rangers manage to make the playoffs this season, they’ll have Ryan Callahan to thank. While climbing back to the .500 mark with victories in five of their last six games, suddenly the Blueshirts don’t appear to be dead in the water. In fact, they’re currently a postseason team.
If the 2013-14 season ended today, the Rangers would finish third in the mediocre-to-awful Metropolitan Division. In any other Division, New York would have a lot of ground to make up. With teams like the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets failing to make a whole lot of noise so far though, the Rangers are sitting pretty despite a freezing cold start.
If any one person is responsible for this startling shift, it’s Callahan. That shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s even remotely familiar with this Rangers team. Since returning from a broken thumb, the Captain has been making plays like this…
…while spearheading the Rangers back to prominence.
This is an incredibly important season for the Rangers, who will need to re-sign several key players during the offseason. No one wants to play on a losing team, and Callahan is doing everything he can to make sure that New York isn’t one.
He has points in five consecutive games dating back to before his thumb injury, and has four points in since returning against the Anaheim Ducks on November 4. While the Rangers dropped a tough 2-1 loss to Anaheim, they’ve won both games that have gone on since.
The Rangers are surging ahead, and Callahan is at the center of it.