The Rangers like to think they are headed in the right direction, despite Friday’s setback 3-2 loss to the Senators. They see it in their gritty play, resiliency and four-game winning streak preceding their loss to Ottawa — qualities that reminded them of last year’s glorious regular season.

A big part of that was success on the road, which is exactly where the Rangers’ fortunes will be determined this season.

At the halfway point of the lockout-shortened campaign, the Rangers have played just eight games away from Madison Square Garden, and will play as many on road ice over the next three weeks starting with today’s matchup against the Capitals in Washington.

Though they have begun to feel comfortable again at the Garden, the Rangers (12-9-2, 26 points) are looking forward to getting out on the road and to improve upon their 3-4-1 mark there.