Rangers approach ‘hardest road trip of the season’

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As fantastic as things have been for the New York Rangers lately, there’s an imbalance that stands out: they’ve played six more games at home than on the road. By the time they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 18 (on NBC), things will be closer to even … but we’ll see what kind of shape the Rangers are in by then.

Simply put, the next seven games serve as a serious test for a Rangers squad that’s won 10 of its last 11 games.

Wednesday: at Anaheim
Thursday: at Los Angeles
Saturday: at San Jose
Jan. 13: vs. the Islanders
Jan. 15: at Boston
Jan. 16: at Columbus
Jan. 18: at Pittsburgh

Considering how much tougher the Columbus Blue Jackets have been lately – not to mention all the former Rangers who probably mark these games on their calendar – there’s really not a “gimme” in that bunch.

Derick Brassard admitted that this a challenging stretch to the Bergen Record.

“I think it’s the hardest road trip in the season,” Brassard said.

“It doesn’t matter who we are playing, we play hard. It’s going to be a big test for our team.”

So far, the Rangers are 8-6-1 on the road and were especially hearty away from home in 2013-14, going 25-14-2 away from Madison Square Garden. This has been a tremendous month of work for New York, but it looks like will learn a lot about this team in the next two weeks.