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Hoffman’s First Round Playoff Picks
Eastern Conference (1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) New York Islanders For the Penguins to Win: Simply put, utilize their high-octane offense. Even without Sidney Crosby, this Penguins’ hockey club can put the puck in the net with guys like Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Pascal Dupuis, and Kris Letang.…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/30/13 | Comments 0

Easy As 1-2-3 for the Blueshirts in Win Over the Devils
That is the perfect description for the New York Rangers' 4-0 shutout this afternoon at Madison Square Garden over the New Jersey Devils. The Devils did not seem to be interested in playing a meaningless game and that showed in their loss this afternoon. The Blueshirts were able to catch…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/27/13 | Comments 0

Seeding On the Line for the Blueshirts
While the New Jersey Devils might not look at this afternoon's game as a meaningful one, it will be the opposite for the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts might have clinched a playoff spot in their 4-3 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night but what is still…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/27/13 | Comments 0

A Glass Half Full Look at the Blueshirts
When it comes to New York Rangers' fans and the way they view their favorite hockey club, it is always an extreme point of view. Either fans are in love and ecstatic about their hockey club or they absolutely despise and are fed up with their so called favorite NHL…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/25/13 | Comments 1

Where is the Rangers’ Playoff Team?
That is what New York Rangers' fans must be wondering after watching their favorite team lost to the Florida Panthers by a score of 3-2. After scoring 18 goals in three games, the Rangers' offense came up one short tonight in Florida. Panthers' goaltender Jacob Markstrom was solid in making…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/23/13 | Comments 0

Rangers Offense Stepping Up at the Right Time
From Patrick Hoffman at Sportsnet.ca: It appears that after scoring 18 goals in their last three games, the Rangers’ offence, without Gaborik due to his trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets, is coming together at the right time. With three straight wins and six points under their belt, the Rangers’…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/21/13 | Comments 0

Richards Getting Hot at the Right Time for the Blueshirts
For most of this shortened season, things have not been easy for New York Rangers' forward Brad Richards. For much of this year, Richards struggled in all areas of game whether it was on offense, on the power play, handling the puck, etc. A few times this season, Rangers' head…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/19/13 | Comments 0

Taking Care Of Business
That is exactly what the New York Rangers did tonight in their 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. Coming into tonight's tilt, the Panthers were the worst team in the league. Tonight, the Rangers took advantage of that and pounded the Panthers with six goals and…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/18/13 | Comments 0

Four Teams That You Should Not Want to Play in the Postseason
With the Stanley Cup Playoffs right around the corner, every hockey fan is dreaming about the potential of their favorite hockey team. Puckheads across North America are starting to think about 16 wins, big-time performances, clutch goals, big saves and some great hockey in general. As of this moment, the…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/17/13 | Comments 4

All About Second Chances For Flyers’ Mason
When looking at the NHL as a whole, it is easy to see that several NHL netminders thrive when given a second chance to prove their worth. As an example, one can point out the likes of Ray Emery (Chicago Blackhawks), Carey Price (2010-11 with the Montreal Canadiens), Craig Anderson…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/17/13 | Comments 0

Rangers’ Power Play Hurts Team in Crucial Loss to the Flyers
For most of this shortened season, the New York Rangers have struggled on the power play. In what was looked at as a crucial game for the Blueshirts tonight, the team's powerplay went 0-5 in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. With both the New York Islanders and Ottawa…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/16/13 | Comments 0

Lundqvist Belongs with the Rangers’ Greats
When looking at the New York Rangers since the 1997-98 season, it is easy to see that for close to decade, there were some rough seasons. The team went seven straight years without making the postseason, had a lot of failed free-agent signings and ended up losing the likes of…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/15/13 | Comments 1

Big Week on Tap for the Blueshirts
With spring now in the air, it is certainly starting to look like playoff hockey around the NHL. This is especially the case for the New York Rangers. This past week, the Blueshirts were extremely impressive in picking up seven out of a possible eight points in wins over the…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/07/13 | Comments 0

Lundqvist Steals One in Carolina For the Blueshirts
It is always said in the NHL that to win hockey games, you need good goaltending. Tonight, New York Rangers' netminder Henrik Lundqvist went above and beyond for his club in making 48 saves to help his team to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. For the Blueshirts, the…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/06/13 | Comments 0

Every Point Matters for the Blueshirts
When it comes to this part of the season, every single point matters to NHL teams that are either in a playoff spot or on the outside looking in. This is exactly the case when it comes to the New York Rangers. With six total points up for grabs between…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/05/13 | Comments 0

Rangers Should Lean on and Follow Callahan and Stepan
After attending last night's New York Rangers vs. Winnipeg Jets' NHL game at Madison Square Garden, it is easy to see who the real catalysts are for this Rangers' hockey club in terms of playing the game the right way. Believe it or not, I am not talking about players…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 04/02/13 | Comments 0

Rangers’ Offense Steps Up in Big Way in 5-2 Win Over The Flyers
Coming into the game ranked 29th in the league in goals scored, the New York Rangers went out and put up a five spot in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia. Tonight's offensive output is something that both the Rangers' organization and its fans have been clamoring…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/26/13 | Comments 0

Zuccarello Back on Broadway; Fast Coming Too?
As ESPN hockey scribe Katie Strang reported last night, it appears that Mats Zuccarello will be returning to the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts clearly need some offense and while Zuccarello is not exactly a Steven Stamkos or someone who can put the puck in the net on a consistent…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/26/13 | Comments 0

Keep Moving Forward
When it comes to the New York Rangers as a franchise, we have seen many consistent themes each and every season. One of those themes has to do with streaking. Going into Thursday night's game against the Florida Panthers, the Blueshirts have won two straight games in beating the Carolina…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/20/13 | Comments 0

Placing Some Blame on Tortorella
With the New York Rangers on a three game losing streak, many Blueshirts' fans are clamoring to have team head coach John Tortorella fired. While it is typical for fans to overreact and make impulse decisions, it is a somewhat understandable feeling. After making it to the Eastern Conference Finals…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/17/13 | Comments 0

Another Disappointing Effort for the Blueshirts
For a team that is fighting to stay in the top eight in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers sure did not play with any kind of fight tonight in a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg. It what has been a consistent theme this season for…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/14/13 | Comments 0

Back to the Drawing Board
After playing a perfect road game in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon, the New York Rangers went out a dropped a 3-1 tilt to the Buffalo Sabres tonight in Buffalo. The Blueshirts took a lot of penalties, could not cash in on the power play…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/12/13 | Comments 3

The Perfect Road Game
That is exactly what the New York Rangers played this afternoon in their 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The Blueshirts got timely goal scoring, played solid on defense, got a great game from back-up netminder Martin Biron, and did a good job at killing penalties when they needed it…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/10/13 | Comments 0

More Scoring Needed
This is exactly the case when it comes to the New York Rangers. So far this season, the team has relied on players such as Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin, and Derek Stepan to put the puck in the net. While those five players have scored a…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/09/13 | Comments 0

Keep it Rolling
That is what the New York Rangers hope to do tonight on Long Island when they take on the New York Islanders. The Blueshirts have won three straight games and have done so with timely goal scoring, solid defense and great goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. Tonight against the Islanders, the…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/07/13 | Comments 0

Rangers Searching for a Position in the Top Eight
The New York Rangers may have won two straight games but even with four points in their pocket, the team still finds themselves out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference. One team that is currently ahead of them by one point, the Philadelphia Flyers, come into Madison Square…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/05/13 | Comments 0

Nash Needs to Lead Rangers’ Offense
On Thursday night in their 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Rangers fired 42 shots on goal and created offense by not being afraid to go to the net, by not being afraid to put pucks on net and lastly, by following the lead of one…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 03/03/13 | Comments 0

Making a Difference
Returing from a unpsecified injury after missing the last four games, New York Rangers' forward Rick Nash showed how much of a difference he can  make when he is in the lineup.  In the last four games, all losses for the Blueshirts, the team's offense was quite stagnant. There were…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/28/13 | Comments 0

Pretenders
After winning the Atlantic Division, finishing first in the Eastern Conference and coming to within two wins of making it to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994, the New York Rangers came into this season as Stanley Cup contenders. Throw in the fact that they had a Vezina Trophy winning…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/27/13 | Comments 1

Figuring Out New Ways to Win
More than a quarter past the season already, this is something that the New York Rangers need to do if they want to get into the postseason. Tonight, the Blueshirts are in Montreal to take on the Canadiens. These two clubs met on Tuesday night in what was more of…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/23/13 | Comments 0

More Offense
If the New York Rangers want to have any kind of chance to both get into the postseason and go far in them, they will need a lot more offense. In Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Blueshirts probably had one of their worst offensive performances. There…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/21/13 | Comments 1

Tough Test on Tap Tonight for the Blueshirts
Past the quarter mark of the season, every game from here on out is going to get tougher and tougher as the league inches towards the Stanley Cup Playoiffs. Tonight at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers will have a tough test of their own when they take on…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/19/13 | Comments 0

Lundqvist Keeps Capitals at Bay in 2-1 Win
After getting off to a somewhat slow start, it appears that New York Rangers' starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is back to being himself between the pipes for his hockey club. This was extremely evident tonight in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist stopped…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/17/13 | Comments 0

Getting Back on Track
This seems to be a consistent theme for the New York Rangers this season, eh? Tonight, the Blueshirts will take on the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. The Capitals come into MSG on a three-game winning streak while the Rangers are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/17/13 | Comments 0

Rangers Send Kreider Down to AHL
For New York Rangers' youngster Chris Kreider, this was a long time coming. Kreider, who has struggled with the big club this season so far, was sent down to the Connecticut Whale so that he could get some playing time. The 22-year-old winger played with the Whale while waiting for…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/15/13 | Comments 0

Monzo’s Thoughts on the Blueshirts
Brian Monzo, a producer and hockey writer at WFAN as well as a good friend of the blog, was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the New York Rangers' play to date: PH: I know it is still early on in…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/15/13 | Comments 0

Seven Minutes of Poor Play leads to 4-3 Shootout loss for Blueshirts
Had it not been for a terrible span of seven minutes in the second period, the New York Rangers may have never lost 4-3 to the New York Islanders in a shootout at Madison Square Garden. After going up 2-0 in the first period, the Rangers stopped skating and allowed…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/14/13 | Comments 0

Brad Richards A Side Story in tonight’s Rangers vs. Islanders’ Game
While the game at Madison Square Garden between the New York Rangers and New York Islanders has yet to be settled, one interesting development has been the benching of Rangers' forward Brad Richards. It was easy to see that Richards has had trouble tonight, both on even strength and on…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/14/13 | Comments 0

Building on a Win Streak
That is officially what the New York Rangers have and what they will look to do tonight against a struggling New York Islanders' hockey club at Madison Square Garden. After beating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout at the TD Garden on Tuesday night, the Rangers have now won…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/14/13 | Comments 0

Three in a Row
That is what the New York Rangers will be looking for tonight in terms of wins when they take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. This will be the final regular season game this year between these two teams. The series is currently split and one game apiece with…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/12/13 | Comments 0

Big on Even Strength
This is the perfect way to describe tonight's New York Rangers' win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. All goals were even strength as the Blueshirts got even two goals from Carl Hagelin (two goals and one assist) a goal from team captain Ryan Callahan, a goal by fourth liner Arron…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/10/13 | Comments 0

Trying to Build Consistency
That is something the New York Rangers will look to do tonight when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. On Thursday night against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden, the Blueshirts skated away with a 4-1 victory. The team got terrific performances out of J.T. Miller, Chris…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/10/13 | Comments 1

An E-mail Interview with Aspiring Hockey Writer Austin Legendre
Making it in the hockey industry as a journalist is extremely tough to do these days. With that said, it is a very admirable goal and one that is worth striving for. One budding hockey journalist that agrees with me is Austin Legendre. He may be just 14-years-old but when…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/08/13 | Comments 0

Rangers’ Young Trio Come Through in Win Over the Islanders
For the New York Rangers ot have success the rest of the way, they are going to need contributions up and down the lineup. In a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden tonight, Blueshirts' youngsters J.T. Miller (two goals), Ryan McDonagh (one goal and one…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/07/13 | Comments 0

Power Play Must Start Working for the Blueshirts
When it comes to winning in the National Hockey League, a team's performance on special teams plays an integral role in winning and losing hockey games. For the New York Rangers, the power play has been a detriment to the hockey club. The team cannot seem to put the puck…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/07/13 | Comments 1

Clarkson, Brodeur Beat Blueshirts 3-1
For the New York Rangers, tonight must have seemed familiar as the team was beaten by the strong performances of New Jersey Devils' forward David Clarkson and netminder Martin Brodeur in a 3-1 loss. Clarkson continues to show that last year was not a fluke as he picked up his…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/05/13 | Comments 0

Rangers Looking to be More Than Solid at The Rock
The last time the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils squared off, the Devils scored in overtime to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they would lose in six games to the Los Angeles Kings. Fast forward close to nine months later and things are very different. Both…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/05/13 | Comments 0

Stability and Consistency Lead Rangers to Victory
When it comes to winning a hockey game in the NHL, teams must be consistent in their play and have some stability whether it is with their offense, defense or goaltending. Tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Rangers got the stability in goal they needed from back-up…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/02/13 | Comments 0

Not Going to be Easy
Update: According to Rangers' beat writer Steve Zipay, it appears that Rangers' back-up goaltender Martin Biron will make his first start of the season tonight.  That will certainly be the case tonight for the New York Rangers when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa. The Blueshirts are coming…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 02/02/13 | Comments 0

Blah
That is exactly the way the New York Rangers played tonight in their 3-0 shutout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts failed to get many quality scoring chances, put too many pucks into the mid-section or right into Penguins' netminder Tomas Vokoun, ran into bad…
Posted by Patrick Hoffman on 01/31/13 | Comments 0

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