The New York Rangers have withstood a horrendous stretch and still are just two points out of the final playoff slot in the Eastern Conference even though they sit at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. New York goes for its third consecutive victory when it visits the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

After a drab stretch in which they lost seven of eight, the Rangers won two in a row following their announcement that they plan to rebuild the team by acquiring young talent and draft picks. "I think guys are maybe even more dialed in," defenseman Brady Skjei said after Sunday's 3-1 win at Winnipeg in the opener of a four-game road trip. "Guys are really focused right now and really stepping up their games. It's been really fun to watch and play in." Minnesota is clinging to the eighth playoff berth in the Western Conference but is just one point in front of Los Angeles and Anaheim and two ahead of Colorado. The Wild are coming off a 3-0 shutout of Chicago on Saturday night in the second of a five-game homestand to extend their home point streak to 12 games (9-0-3) -- the longest in franchise history.


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TV: 8 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), FS North Plus (Minnesota)

ABOUT THE RANGERS (27-24-5): Skjei is one of three Minnesota-born players, along with rookies Vinni Lettieri and Neal Pionk, who are embracing the chance to play before family and friends Tuesday night. Pionk (Minnesota-Duluth), who made his NHL debut Friday night against Calgary, and Lettieri (Minnesota) played against one another at Xcel Energy Center when both were in college. "It's going to be awesome," Pionk said. "I've played there a few times in the state tournament. It'll be really cool to play there."

ABOUT THE WILD (30-19-6): Devan Dubnyk and Minnesota couldn't hold a 3-0 lead against league-worst Arizona on Thursday, but the veteran netminder rebounded by turning aside a season-high 44 shots to record his fourth shutout of the season against Chicago. Dubnyk was named the league's Third Star of the Week after posting a 2-0-1 mark with a 1.96 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. "This was like he played the first half of last year," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's what it reminded me of anyway."

OVERTIME

1. Wild F Charlie Coyle has scored half of his eight goals in the past six games.

2. Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist is 6-4-0 with a 3.20 goals-against average versus Minnesota.

3. Wild D Nick Seeler is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday after he was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League.

PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Wild 2