It was an axiom of pro sports well before Bill Parcells affixed his name to it when the coach of the Giants one day proclaimed, “You are what your record says you are.”

The record says the Rangers are a playoff team again, one of 16 to qualify for the NHL’s postseason tournament. This may not be an achievement worthy of even a two-car motorcade up the West Side Highway, but it’s not nothing.

If you want nothing, you needn’t go back any farther than to the Dark Ages of Rangers’ hockey, the springs of 1998 through 2004, when the Garden went dark for playoff hockey for seven straight seasons.

It’s eight times in nine years in the playoffs now for the Rangers, the only team in the east other than the Penguins to qualify as often in the hard-cap era that followed the canceled 2004-05. If the Red Wings make it as an Eastern wild card, that will be nine straight for Detroit, who spent the prior eight years in the West. The Sharks are nine-for-nine.

Still, eight-for-nine with five corresponding playoff-round victories isn’t enough. It isn’t enough for the Rangers, isn’t enough for the fan base. It can’t be enough for this marquee franchise that is going on 20 years since the last Cup that is the one and only Cup since 1940. The Rangers need to win something some time.

There are some young core pieces wearing the Blueshirt, but let’s face it, the time is now if not quite never for Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash, and now if not quite never again for Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis.