The Rangers will conclude their season where they play in Boston and look to finish the season on a high note (3:00 P.M. ET, MSG).

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               If someone told you before the season started that goaltender Alex Georgiev punching Tony DeAngelo in the face would be the third or fourth craziest thing to happen to the Rangers this season, then you would know you were in for a roller-coaster like season. From Artemi Panarin taking a leave of absence due to a political hit piece on him in Russia – to John Davidson and Jeff Gorton being fired just days before the conclusion of the regular season. It’s been a roller-coaster season no matter how you look at it.

               With the firings of Davidson and Gorton, the question on everyone’s mind is if head coach David Quinn will suffer the same fate. Reportedly, owner James Dolan was unhappy with how the season went, but he also is a fan of Quinn. Quinn has stated that he and the new team president and general manager Chris Drury have a good relationship and that they will sit down with Dolan and discuss the future. The one thing going against Quinn right now is that Drury wouldn’t commit to Quinn when asked about his status at his first press conference in his new roles.       

               “I’m certainly not going to sit here and talk about anyone’s job status in the organization publicly,” said Drury.

               If the Rangers were to fire Quinn, some of the potential candidates to lead the Rangers for the 2021-2022 season include Gerard Gallant, Bruce Boudreau, Claude Julien, John Tortorella, Mike Babcock, Rod Brind’Amour, and more. Not all of these names may be available as Brind’Amour is working on a contract extension with Carolina and Tortorella could always be brought back by Columbus. We may find this answer out as soon as Saturday afternoon’s game ends or in the upcoming days.

               My personnel opinion which probably isn’t a popular one is to bring Quinn back to start the season. Besides the longshot of Brind’Amour being available and possibly Gallant – none of these other names really excite me and think it will make a huge if any improvement. Could one imagine a reunion with Tortorella and not even a quarter of the way into the season he is benching some of the kids? It wouldn’t be hard to imagine since he has bench Patrik Laine just days after he arrived in Columbus. There was a dramatic improvement from his first season to last season has Quinn got the Rangers one more point than they did in his rookie season in 12 fewer games. This season you can make the case that Quinn’s Rangers finished above expectations as most had them penciled in for a sixth-place finish in the “Division of Death.”

               Boston is still eying the top spot in the East as they have three games remaining. The Rangers could play the spoiler role with a major upset against the Bruins. Boston will start Tuukka Rask as he gets set to get ready for what could be his last playoff run in Boston. Rask currently holds a record 14-4-2 with a .919 save percentage.

               The Blueshirts will likely be sticking with the same lineup with maybe the addition of Justin Richards who sat out after being called up from Hartford. The Rangers will look to snap a five-game losing streak with a depleted lineup against one of the league’s best.