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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork. Connor Williams Jersey .com) - A few weeks ago it seemed like the New York Rangers were more likely to have a Mumpy Christmas than a merry one. Although the reigning Eastern Conference champions are not yet rid of the illness that has plagued several NHL teams this season, New York is beginning to awaken from its sluggish start to 2014-15. With one game remaining before the NHLs brief Christmas break, the Rangers have worked themselves within striking distance of the Metropolitan Divisions third and final automatic playoff spot. In fact, if the Blueshirts beat the visiting Washington Capitals in regulation on Tuesday, New York would tie the Caps in points and take over third place in the division by way of tiebreaker. You may not have even noticed the Rangers were struggling this season before they rattled off victories in six straight games heading into Tuesday. New York was 11-10-4 prior to the current run of victories. Sure, that was a disappointing start for a team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals only several months ago, but it wasnt the type of awful start that garners headlines. It also wasnt particularly notable considering the Rangers got off to a slow start in 2013-14 under Alain Vigneault before coming together later in the regular season and, obviously, in the playoffs. While the NHLs mumps scare has touched the club in the last month or so, infecting forwards Derick Brassard, Tanner Glass and most recently Lee Stempniak, the Rangers were dealing with roster issues well before the disease struck the roster. After losing several pieces from their conference championship team in the offseason, including forwards Brian Boyle, Brad Richards and Benoit Pouliot and defenseman Anton Stralman, the Rangers were then forced to play the first month of the season without top centerman Derek Stepan. Team captain and star defenseman Ryan McDonagh then missed almost all of November with a shoulder injury before returning to his minutes-eating role on the blue line. While New York survived without McDonagh and Stepan, who made his season debut on Nov. 8 and has since recorded a point in 14 of his 19 games, the club is still getting used to life without Boyle, Stralman and Co. But the Rangers needed to let some of those guys go in order to keep their young core intact while keeping the salary cap situation in check. Now, with wins in six straight games it seems like this current crop of Blueshirts is forging an identity of its own. If New York manages to repeat last seasons playoff success and make another deep run in the postseason, the club could point to a recent 4-0 road trip as the period when things started to jell. Although familiar faces have left and new ones have taken their place, many things have stayed the same in New York. The club is still anchored by franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and the deep defensive corps that plays in front of him and Cam Talbot, who is becoming an increasingly reliable backup between the pipes. However, one major improvement has come from within, as Rick Nash has regained his superstar form for the club after a down year. Nash led the Rangers with 26 goals during the 2013-14 regular season, but also tied the lowest point total of his career with 39 points over 65 games, matching his output as a rookie with Columbus in 2002-03. Even more troubling, however, was Nashs three goals over 25 playoff games. When you carry an annual cap hit of $7.8 million through the 2017-18 season like Nash does, that type of postseason drought is troubling, to say the least. Nash also happened to turn 30 years old over the summer, so another down season in 2014-15 would hasten talk of the wingers downfall. Instead, Nash has kept the detractors at bay by being the deadliest and most consistent offensive weapon for the Rangers this season. He leads the club in both goals (20) and points (33) and also is topping the club with a plus-14 rating. Until going pointless over the last two games against Carolina, Nash hadnt been kept off the scoresheet in two consecutive outings at all this season. Although the early part of the season was marked by inconsistency in terms of wins and losses the Rangers never fell too far off the pace, only losing more than two games in a row on two occasions. The up-and-down start to the season wasnt impressive for a defending conference champion, but it at least kept Vigneaults one hot streak from getting back in the middle of the playoff conversation. As a result of sticking together, the Blueshirts have a chance to match the Capitals on Tuesday, the final night of play before the league goes on a three-day hiatus for Christmas. Seeing as its the first of four meetings this season between New York and Washington, the game could set the tone for the rest of the 2014-15 series, which could ultimately determine a playoff spot. The Rangers of all teams know its a long season and tonights test versus the Capitals is just one part of an 82-game set. But, with the way theyre playing right now, New York isnt keen on seeing the hot streak end either. Its our first look at them this season so we want to go out there and put our best foot forward, defenseman Matt Hunwick said of the showdown with the Caps. Weve been on a good streak, so wed like to go into the holiday break with another win. Lance Lenoir Jersey . - The Washington Redskins have signed free agent offensive lineman Mike McGlynn. Mike White Jersey .com) - Sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez was a first-round winner on Monday at the Delray Beach Open tennis event. http://www.cheapcowboysjerseyschina.com/ . Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced the move with Young on Monday during a speech at a Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon.Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has become a master of time management. This off-season, the McGill Redmen offensive tackle/medical student has deftly juggled his schedule to accommodate working 60-plus hours a week in the pediatric emergency ward at Montreal Childrens Hospital, working out, playing football in Florida and travelling across the U.S. for individual sessions and visits with NFL officials. On Friday and Saturday, hell spend some well-earned down time watching television to learn where his football future lies. The six-foot-five, 314-pound Duvernay-Tardif is projected to go anywhere between the third and seventh rounds of the NFL draft, which begins Thursday night with the first round. The second and third rounds will go Friday, with the final four being held Saturday. "Ive enjoyed every moment of this process," the articulate Duvernay-Tardif said in a telephone interview. "Its been really intense but at the same time its amazing to think I might play in the NFL, which is a dream. "This process isnt one every 23-year-old gets to go through and I believe the interviews alone are something that will help me in my life. Ive really enjoyed it." Duvernay-Tardif, a converted defensive lineman, has been firmly entrenched atop the CFL central scouting bureaus list of the top-15 prospects for the May 13 draft. But the native of St. Hilaire, Que., has seen his NFL stock skyrocket following his pro day in Montreal in March. Auditioning for nine NFL teams -- Oakland, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Arizona, New York Jets, Green Bay, Chicago, San Francisco and Buffalo -- and four CFL clubs -- Montreal, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa -- the two-time All-Canadian was impressive in posting a 40-yard dash time of 4.94 seconds, a 31.5-inch vertical and 34 reps in the bench press. Duvernay-Tardif wasnt invited to the NFL combine but those numbers were as good as any offensive lineman who tested in Indianapolis. NFL draft guru Mike Mayock, a former Toronto Argonauts defensive back, says Duvernay-Tardif -- who was featured in Sports Illustrated in March -- has definitely impressed. "I think Duvernay-Tardif has gone from an afterthought to a solid fourth- or fifth-round developmental project with starter skills," he said. Gil Brandt, the former Dallas Cowboys player-personnel director, also sees the towering McGill star being drafted. "I would imagine that a team will take a chance on him around the sixth or seventh round and hope to turn him into an NFL player," Brandt wrote in his blog on the NFLs website. However, Duvernay-Tardif isnt the only Canadian garnering NFL interest. Also highly regarded is Brent Urban, a six-foot-seven, 298-pound defensive tackle from the University of Virginia who was a 2013 second-round pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Urban, of Mississauga, Ont., was a two-year starter for the Cavaliers who was invited to this years Senior Bowl but missed the game due to injury. Injuries are the biggest knock against Urban but teams definitely like his ability in a 3-4 defensive scheme (three down linemen, four linebackers). "The Urban kid is interesting," Mayock said. "I wanted to see more of him at the Senior Bowl and he got hurt. "The five technique is probably his best position, a 3-4 defensiive end in a 3-4 defence. Cheap Cowboys Jerseys. I think he can go in the third round. I think hes a big, strong kid. Hes stout. In addition to playing that five technique, he could probably move inside also. So I like him and I think theres some significant upside there." Last year, Rice tight end Luke Willson, a native of LaSalle, Ont., was the lone Canadian drafted, going in the fifth round to the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks. In 2012, a record four players from Canada were selected. Three Canadians -- defensive linemen Tyrone Crawford of Windsor, Ont. (third round, Dallas) and Christo Bilukidi of Ottawa (sixth round, Oakland) and centre Philip Blake of Toronto (fourth round, Denver) -- were drafted. So was Akiem Hicks, an American defensive lineman who played at the University of Regina (third round, New Orleans). Other Canucks who could hear their name called include Winnipeg natives T.J. Jones, a receiver at Notre Dame, and John Urschel, an offensive lineman at Penn State, as well as Oregon linebacker Bo Lokombo, of Abbotsford, B.C. Duvernay-Tardif, Canadian university footballs top lineman in 13, performed at his pro day weighing 298 pounds, some 17 pounds under his playing weight at the East-West Shrine Bowl in January. But that was by design so Duvernay-Tardif could be quicker and more explosive in testing. "There are many NFL teams that like bigger offensive lineman and others like the Philadelphia Eagles who like offensive linemen to be a bit smaller and quicker," he said. "I think I was able to show I could be both kinds of player." Duvernay-Tardif said he visited with nine NFL teams following his pro day, with many curious how he can juggle football with his heavy academic load. During the season at McGill, Duvernay-Tardif had a limited practice schedule because of his studies, meaning he had to be imaginative in order to keep up. "I think most teams believe being involved in medicine is a plus but they want to know why and how youre able to manage that," he said. "I had to tell teams I was watching a lot of film by myself and having Facetime meetings with my coach to prepare for games because I wasnt able to attend every practice. "But when its time to go to the board and draw concepts and schemes and explain them, I can do that because I think medicine has helped me become a cerebral guy and able to process information." However, not all the questions Duvernay-Tardif faced dealt with football. "All the questions about drugs and arrests are kind of (out there) for me but I guess its a reality of professional football," he said. "But every time they did, I was like, What? For sure, no, I am not doing coke (cocaine) or anything like that." For prospects like Duvernay-Tardif, the draft culminates months of uncertainty and seemingly endless testing and intense questioning. However, Duvernay-Tardif wont be content just hearing his name called and signing an NFL contract. "The draft is important and will be a great moment," he said. 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