A resolution on how to resume the NHL season could be coming in the very near future.
Per a report from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the NHLPA on Thursday was in the process of taking a vote on the 24-team format to return to game action, and the results of the vote are expected on Friday.
Johnston also notes that if the vote passes, there are still plenty of details to be worked out.
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reported earlier this week that the NHL and NHLPA were making progress on agreeing to a 24-team format.
The potential return outlined by LeBrun wouldn't necessarily mean the immediate start of the playoffs.
The Rangers, with 79 points (good for 10th in the Eastern Conference and tied for 16th overall in the NHL), was two points back of the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets for the Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference.
If the NHL resumes with a 24-team format, the Rangers appear to have a very strong case for inclusion. However, under a scenario where only the top six teams in each division play in the 24-team format, the Rangers would be left out in the cold due to the strength of the Metropolitan Division and relative weakness of the other divisions.