1. Henrik Lundqvist Hasn't Been Great, but 2014-15 Struggles Are Being Overblown

    If there is one New York Ranger who draws more criticism at times than he should, it is no doubt Henrik Lundqvist —and I can understand why...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 2,748 reads 18 comments

  2. New York Rangers Infographic Preview for Matchup with Tampa Bay Lightning

    The New York Rangers have won two games in a row, but they will mean nothing unless they give a full 60-minute effort against the Tampa Bay Lightning ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 901 reads 0 comments

  3. Breaking Down Stats from Detroit Red Wings' Current Hot Streak

    Other than the New York Islanders , there hasn't been a better team in the Eastern Conference over the last 10 games than the Detroit Red Wings ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 2,840 reads 9 comments

  4. Breaking Down the Most Interesting Statistics in the 2014-15 NHL Season

    The NHL is much more of a numbers game than it was in previous years, as technology, statisticians and readily available data make it easy to quantify certain parts of the game...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 3,752 reads 5 comments

  5. How Big of an Impact Will a Healthy Stephen Weiss Make for Detroit Red Wings?

    When Stephen Weiss signed a five-year, $24.5 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings , I thought it was a great deal for general manager Ken Holland...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 2,695 reads 10 comments

  6. Martin St. Louis Returns to Tampa in Midst of Interesting Season with Rangers

    Martin St. Louis is a legendary forward whose NHL journey will ultimately culminate in Toronto. No, St...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 2,575 reads 18 comments

  7. New York Rangers Showing They Are Better Team Than Record Indicates

    Through the first 20 games of the season, the New York Rangers have been an interesting team to say the least...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 3,200 reads 18 comments

  8. Ranking the Most Intriguing Goalie Battles in the 2014-15 NHL Season

    There is nothing busier at times than a regulation NHL goal crease. It is a blue, 1.8-meter half-circle full of emotion, as games are won and lost in one of the smallest areas of the ice...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 4,563 reads 11 comments

  9. Red Wings Look to Create Divisional Separation with Win vs. Maple Leafs

    The Detroit Red Wings are fresh off their fifth come-from-behind victory of the season, and they are presented with an amazing opportunity...

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  10. 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 4 months ago 1,851 reads 3 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 1,416 reads 1 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 3,259 reads 20 comments

  13. 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...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 923 reads 18 comments

  14. 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...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 1,586 reads 4 comments

  15. 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 ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 3,005 reads 23 comments

  16. 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 4 months ago 1,264 reads 0 comments

  17. 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...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 3,742 reads 14 comments

  18. 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...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 7,551 reads 7 comments

  19. 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 4 months ago 1,524 reads 8 comments

  20. 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 4 months ago 1,592 reads 9 comments

  21. 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 4 months ago 2,235 reads 6 comments

  22. 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...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 1,337 reads 0 comments

  23. 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 4 months ago 2,884 reads 4 comments

  24. 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 4 months ago 9,161 reads 19 comments

  25. 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 4 months ago 1,612 reads 8 comments