1. What the Detroit Red Wings Must Improve Upon Early in 2014-15

    The Detroit Red Wings have had a solid start to the season, and they currently sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a 9-4-5 record and 23 points...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 2 months ago 1,844 reads 3 comments

  2. Cam Talbot's Performance vs. Flyers Is Exactly What New York Rangers Needed

    During the last three games, it has been pretty clear that there has been something strange going on in the New York Rangers ' neighborhood. The team has looked out of sync, sloppy and it almost looked like they were skating through slime...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 2 months ago 1,405 reads 1 comments

  3. Familiar Faces Return to MSG with Tampa Bay Looking to Stick It to Rangers

    When the New York Rangers take the ice Monday evening at Madison Square Garden, there will be at least two familiar faces standing on the opposite blue line while John Amirante ( or another designated singer) bellows the national anthem...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 2 months ago 3,258 reads 20 comments

  4. Offseason Moves Having the Biggest Impact on the 2014-15 NHL Season

    NHL teams use the offseason as a period to rebuild, and free agency provides teams the ability to reshape their rosters. The 2014-15 season is a few weeks old, but we are already seeing some side effects of the transactions made this past summer...

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  5. Derek Stepan Looks Better Than Ever Since Returning to Rangers' Lineup

    The New York Rangers were dealt a huge blow when Derek Stepan broke his leg in training camp. The injury meant that it would be the second straight year in which the Blueshirts' budding No...

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  6. Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks Find Ways to Succeed in Parity-Filled NHL

    In today’s NHL , it is harder for teams to repeat success than in previous decades. Before the salary cap era, teams were able to spend as much as they wanted, and the best ...

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  7. Gustav Nyquist Is Poster Child for Detroit Red Wings' Onboarding of Prospects

    The Detroit Red Wings have been a gold standard in the NHL when it comes to the integration of prospects. It was made abundantly clear by Jonathan Willis of Bleacher Report in a piece about how each NHL team built its roster...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 1,257 reads 0 comments

  8. Tweaks Alain Vigneault Needs to Make Before NY Rangers Face Pittsburgh Penguins

    The New York Rangers have dropped two games in a row and will drop a third against the Pittsburgh Penguins if changes aren't made...

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  9. The Latest Buzz on the Top Prospects in the 2015 NHL Draft Class

    The 2015 NHL entry draft is one of the most highly anticipated moments in recent NHL history. It is highly anticipated not because of who will be drafted first overall, but who will be the lucky team to draft Connor McDavid first overall...

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  10. Red Wings' Petr Mrazek Has Golden Opportunity While Gustavsson Is Sidelined

    Heading into the season, the Detroit Red Wings ' goaltending situation was set with Jimmy Howard in goal and Jonas Gustavsson as his backup...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 1,513 reads 8 comments

  11. What Red Wings Must Do to Get Back on Track After 3 Straight Losses

    The Detroit Red Wings got off to an amazing start to the season, but things haven't gone so smoothly over the last week...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 1,588 reads 9 comments

  12. Rangers' Martin St. Louis Starting to Look Like Old Self After Rough Start

    The New York Rangers acquired Martin St. Louis last season because he's an elite offensive player, but things didn't click when he arrived to Manhattan. In 19 regular-season games, St...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 2,230 reads 6 comments

  13. Derick Brassard's Solid Start an Unexpected Bonus for Derek Stepan-Less Rangers

    The New York Rangers re-signed 27-year-old pivot Derick Brassard to a five-year, $25 million deal this summer because team brass was confident in his abilities as a second-line center...

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  14. Dylan McIlrath Has Chance to Step Up for Battered and Bruised Blueshirts

    There’s a saying that goes, “When it rains it pours,” and right now the New York Rangers ’ blue line is covered with rain clouds, thunder and lightning...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 2,878 reads 4 comments

  15. Ranking the Biggest Disappointments so Far in the 2014-15 NHL Season

    The 2014-15 NHL season is a few weeks old, and there have already been many unexpected surprises. These surprises include—but are not limited to—the surging play of the ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 9,144 reads 19 comments

  16. What Detroit Red Wings Must Do to Slow Down Los Angeles Kings' 'That 70s Line'

    Through the first couple weeks of the 2014-15 season, the Los Angeles Kings ' "That '70s Line" has picked up from where it left off in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 1,571 reads 8 comments

  17. Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader Well on His Way to Having Breakout Season

    The Detroit Red Wings picked up their fifth win of the season during a 4-2 decision over the Washington Capitals on NBCSN's "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game, and a trend continued in the process...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 1,244 reads 3 comments

  18. Physical New York Rangers Winger Chris Kreider Must Play Smarter Going Forward

    A wise man related to Peter Parker once said , “With great power comes great responsibility,” and that is something that New York Rangers power forward Chris Kreider needs to come to grips with...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 3,147 reads 14 comments

  19. New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello Failing to Meet Expectations Set Last Season

    The New York Rangers fell to 4-4-0 on the season after a Saturday night loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Hockey Night in Canada, and it was another goal-less game by Mats Zuccarello...

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  20. NHL Franchises That Have Recovered from Crippling Attendance Issues

    By now even the most casual hockey fans have seen the pictures of a porous BB&T Center taken when the Florida Panthers took on the Ottawa Senators...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 18,218 reads 47 comments

  21. Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins Still Searching for Stanley Cup Formula

    For the last five seasons, the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been in the same boat as 27 other teams in the NHL ...

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  22. New York Rangers Starting to Settle in After Rough Start to Season

    After the way in which the New York Rangers started the 2013-14 season, it is safe to say the Blueshirts ' 1-3-0 start through their first four games this season raised very few eyebrows before the team got off to its current winning streak...

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  23. Showdown with Canadiens Will Be Measuring Stick for Detroit Red Wings' Depth

    The Detroit Red Wings are set to take on the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at the historic Bell Centre in Montreal, and the Original Six matchup pits two teams heading in completely different directions...

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  24. Highly Touted NHL Prospects Whose Stock Will Soar in 2014-15

    The 2015 NHL draft is going to feature highly touted prospects such as Connor McDavid , Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin , but there are already some equally interesting prospects who have been drafted that fans should know about...

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  25. Detroit Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist Continues to Lead the Way Offensively

    The Detroit Red Wings made the playoffs last year primarily because Gustav Nyquist had an amazing performance down the stretch. He scored 28 goals in 57 games last season, and he has four goals in four games this season...

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