New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 4/4/17: Montreal Canadiens are Official, Time to Rest
Mar 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and New York Rangers center Chris Kreider (21) battle for position during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Monteal won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, the inevitable has happened. The Montreal Canadiens have clinched the Atlantic Division, making them the New York Rangers first round opponent.

You ready? I’m ready. All of Rangerstown is ready. Therefore, you better be ready. 

It’s now official. The New York Rangers will take on the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This means the Blueshirts are in the fortunate position the Islanders were a season ago in moving on over to the Atlantic side of the bracket. Should they beat the Habs in a seven-game series, they’ll take on the Atlantic winner from the seeds No. 2 and 3 matchup.

It really isn’t a bad place to be considering the monsters that reside in the Metropolitan.

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Now that everything’s locked in, maintenance becomes the top priority. According to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello will all sit and rest while his team takes on the Washington Capitals in D.C. on Wednesday night.

As soon as word that the NHL won’t be sending its players to the 2018 Olympics, reaction came fast and furious. Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News had the latest from Henrik Lundqvist who relayed his “disappointment” in the no-go.

ESNY’s Chris Wengert destroys Gary Bettman and the NHL for its Olympic decision.

Josh Hartnett of CBS New York has a story about how Alain Vigneault is looking to unlock some of Brendan Smith‘s offensive potential.

Joe Fortunato of Blueshirt Banter previews the Rangers-Habs playoff series from a quick, first glance.

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