So here come the Rangers into Vancouver for coach Alain Vigneault’s return to the city he called home for the last seven seasons, his team moving inexorably toward clinching a playoff spot while John Tortorella’s Canucks are on the verge of extinction.

“I don’t really have any thoughts on it,” Vigneault said following the Blueshirts’ 5-0 rout of the downtrodden, 29th-overall Oilers Sunday night. “We’re going to practice [Monday] and then it’s just another game we’re going to try to win.”

Tuesday’s match will hardly represent another game, but point taken, just as it will now take a combination of seven points the Rangers need to get over their final six matches — or the Capitals fail to get in their last seven games — to qualify for the postseason.
Yes, there’s a single-digit magic number for the Blueshirts to reach the playoffs for the eighth time in the last nine seasons following this victory that improved the club’s record to 6-1 in their last seven contests.

“We’re looking at every game like a must-win,” said Rick Nash, who scored twice and was beaten twice on breakaways by goaltender Ben Scrivens. “I think we were urgent right from the start in this one after the [4-3 loss on Friday] in Calgary, where we knew defensively we weren’t good enough.

“Improving that was our main focus.”

The Rangers, who tied a franchise record previously established three times with their 24th road victory (including those two at Yankee Stadium), scored twice while shorthanded and once with the man-advantage to lock this one down. Cam Talbot made 26 saves in recording his third shutout in 18 starts, obviously doing all that was necessary, even if doing so was not an especially burdensome task.