The Metropolitan Division in the NHL is rough, but this is only one reason the New York Rangers should target the No. 1 Wild Card slot.

Finally, your New York Rangers were riding high.

Winners of three straight while The King, Henrik Lundqvist, was playing like his 2010 version, the Blueshirts played host to the hated Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

They lost. While outplaying the team who wears orange and always thinks the’re better than they actually are, it was Philly who stole one by the final of 2-0. Lundqvist still played solid and, overall, the defensive structure of Alain Vigneault‘s squad held firm.

This loss isn’t the end of the world — despite what you may see on Twitter.

As it currently stands, New York finds itself in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division — the division the hockey gods may have borrowed from the hockey devil himself. The Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets (hello, Torts) and Pittsburgh Penguins all skate above the Rangers at the moment. The Stanley Cup Champions are currently two points clear of the Blueshirts.

For New York, this is a good thing.

We’ll now examine why fourth in the Metro is a good thing, providing multiple reasons for this crazy yet obvious theory:

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