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It’s good to be home,
something the New York Rangers are for a significant portion of the month.

The Blueshirts’ home-heavy stretch began on January 7, when they won their first game of 2020 by defeating the Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, behind goals by five different Rangers.

Third-year Ranger Anthony DeAngelo had a hat trick and two assists in a 6-3 win at Madison Square Garden over the New Jersey Devils on January 9, marking New York’s first winning streak of the year.

That winning streak was promptly snapped on the road January 11 by the St. Louis Blues — 5-2 winners in that contest — but the Rangers rebounded with a 6-2 blowout of the crosstown rival New York Islanders (27-13-4), giving them three consecutive wins at MSG.

The Islanders swing back to The Garden on January 21, which will be both New York teams’ final game prior to the NHL All-Star Game at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis on January  25.

Left-winger Artemi Panarin will represent the Rangers during the NHL’s star-studded weekend. The 28-year-old Russian entered January 14 with 26 goals and 41 assists on the season, ranking third in points (67) league-wide.

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After the NHL All-Star break, the Rangers begin a home-and-home series versus the Detroit Red Wings, hosting them January 31 before visiting the Motor City for a rematch at Little Caesars Arena  February 1

The Blueshirts return home February 3, beginning a four-game home stand against the Dallas Stars.

Up next are the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 5, followed by the Buffalo Sabres and Los Angeles Kings on February 7 and 9, respectively.

The Rangers weren’t projected to be major contenders this season, but their 48 points entering January 14 – with 37 regular season games remaining – leave them in position to battle for the eighth or seventh seed in the NHL Eastern Conference playoff bracket over the second half of the season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers – each with 54 points coming into January 14 – occupy the Eastern Conference’s seventh and eighth postseason spots, respectively, and just behind them are the Florida Panthers (53 points) and Columbus Blue Jackets (52 points). 

By capitalizing on the part of the schedule covered here, the Rangers can potentially make their season that much more exciting following the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis this week.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

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