Rangers can’t even get losing right this season
The Rangers have 5 games left in the season. That’s 5 games they need to lose in order to move up from 10th pick in the draft, all the way down to 7th. That may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of drafting, if not for the lottery.
It’s About Increasing the Odds
Per the website Tankathon, the Rangers only have an 11.4% chance of moving into the top 3 of the draft. After picking up a meaningless point against Washington 3 teams are ahead them with one less point.
If the Rangers were wise, they would find a way to reduce the chance of gaining anymore points. Because while catching Detroit for 6th is likely out of reach, locking 7th is ripe for the taking.
Why is that important? 9 percentage points! The Rangers could improve their chances of landing one of the 3 studs of this draft from 11.4% to 20.4%. They also almost double their chances of getting the 1st overall pick as well (3.5 to 6.5%).
The Rangers remaining schedule also is favorable…in terms of losing. They face off against Tampa tonight, in the home season finale then finish with 4 on the road against CAR, NJD, NYI, and PHI. All but the NYI are above .500 and 3 of the 5 are all battling for playoff position (CAR and NYI are out).
In other words, after tonight’s season finale, rest Lundqvist.
The Big Three
Emphasizing why the Rangers should lose out in order to increase probability to land one of the top 3 in the draft, is important. Watch the videos below if you need reasons to go against your natural inclination to cheer for the Rangers no matter where they sit in the standings.