Monthly Archives: August 2015

What to expect: Projecting the Rangers scoring for 2015-16

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The Rangers were a strong offensive team last year. Can they score at the same pace in 2015-16? Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Bobby Bevilacqua

Last season, the Rangers were one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL, scoring a total of 248 goals, behind only the Dallas Stars (257) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (259). Carried by a prolific top line and some strong depth forwards, Alain Vigneault created a potent offensive team.

But like every other season, there is always change, this year coming mostly among the depth forwards Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin, James Sheppard and others. With all of the new faces coming into the lineup, that brings uncertainty.

It’s fair to expect that the remaining members of last year’s top six (Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan) will post similar numbers. Players like Kreider and Stepan may even see some improvement. Read the rest of this entry

Buying your next Rangers Jersey; Who to choose

Bobby Bevilacqua

Buying a new hockey jersey can be a very difficult choice for a lot of fans. Maybe you’re stuck between a few of your favorite players, or you don’t know which style of jersey you want. You’re going to be spending a lot of money, and you want to make sure that your jersey will be relevant for a while.

There are a lot of different options and style choices when it comes to buying a Rangers jersey, and many players to choose from. This article will go through the different kinds of choices that you can make, which players are the most secure, and some suggestions for the upcoming season

1) The Player

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No matter who the player is, make sure it’s one of your favorites. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The player you choose is one that you will represent for a few years, hopefully. You want to make sure that the player you choose is one that you look up to or enjoy watching play. This could be anybody from a key contributor to a role player. Read the rest of this entry

Derick Brassard or Rick Nash: Who deserves the “A”

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Rick Nash or Derick Brassard; who would be a better Alternate Captain? Photos courtesy of MSG Photos.

Choosing the right players to lead your team is very important in the NHL. Not only is it crucial to select the right captain, but providing that person with the right alternate captains can create a strong locker room and great leadership.

This past season, Ryan McDonagh was appointed as the 27th captain in franchise history, taking over after Ryan Callahan was traded to the Lightning during the 2013-14 season. There were four alternate captains, two defensemen and two forwards; Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis.

However, now that St. Louis has hung up his skates, there seems to be an alternate captain spot open for a forward to take. The only question is who should be appointed in that leadership role. Read the rest of this entry

Injured Rangers recovering well ahead of training camp

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

While every team certainly deals with injuries in the playoffs, the Rangers had quite a lot of significant health issues to some of their key players during their run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The captain Ryan McDonagh broke his foot in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal had procedures done on their ankles, and Derick Brassard had to undergo wrist surgery. And of course, Mats Zuccarello missed the last two rounds of the playoffs with the worst injury, after being struck on the side of the head by a puck.

The puck came off of the stick of Ryan McDonagh, as a slap shot went awry and hit Zuccarello upside the head during Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nobody officially knew the extent of the injuries until after the playoffs. Read the rest of this entry

Kevin Hayes and avoiding the sophomore slump

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Kevin Hayes will be entering the second season of his NHL career, but will he fall victim to the dreaded Sophomore Slump? Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The sophomore slump. The fear of all second-year NHL players as they continue their career. Whether it actually exists, or it’s all mental, it’s happened to quite a few players before.

For example, Nathan McKinnon scored 10 less goals and 15 less assists this season after capturing the rookie of the year award for the 2013-14 season with his 63 point (24-39-64) season. Jonathan Huberdeau had a strong showing with 14 goals and 17 assists in the lockout shortened 2012-13 season, but failed to match that mark the next year despite playing in 69 games. However, he finished this last season with 15 goals and 39 assists, and is starting to show flashes of what the Panthers saw in his rookie season.

The Rangers have a few second year players in their lineup, such as JT Miller and Jesper Fast, but perhaps the most important one is Kevin Hayes, the big man out of Boston College. Read the rest of this entry