SportsClubStats.com is a comprehensive sports data website compiling stats on chances teams have of making the playoffs on a percentage chance basis. Their method of number crunching involves a few methods of deciding the odds a team has of proceeding forward. I wont bore you with the details here, its explained pretty well on their site if you desire.
As of today, March 7,2010- pre Rangers/Buffalo @7pm- the Rangers have a 27% chance of making it into the playoffs. Their loss last night, along with the Canadians and Bruins wins, set the Rangers back 9% last night alone. A win today could bring them back up about 7% and Canadians, Thrashers and Bruins losses could give them a bump as well. Check out the Rangers page here...NY Rangers Playoff Chances 2010
Obviously this is only math and who really pays attention to stuff like math and science, we believe in the boys in blue. But still, a fun thing to keep track of as we wind down these last 17 or so games.