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New York Hockey Report by Mike Lalor

It’s still early – but teams normally in playoff position by U.S. Thanksgiving – make the playoffs at better than a 70% clip, the following spring. The New York Rangers are 2nd in the NHL’s Eastern Conference (16-4-2, 34 pts), while the New York Islanders are 7th in the East (11-8-3, 25 pts). At Coach Alain Vigneault’s behest, the Rangers ... Read More »

Three Periods by Dan Mount: A Look at the NHL

It’s Dan Mount again with the return of the Three Periods blog. This week I take a look at the recent hot streak of the New York Rangers, how to answer the scoring crisis and the rookie of the year race without Connor McDavid. Since I was gone last week, let’s dive right into it. First Period Despite the New ... Read More »

Three Periods with Dan Mount: A Look at the NHL

It’s Dan Mount again, and I’m here with a spooky edition of the Three Periods blog. It’s Halloween time, and I’m going to take a look at the tricks and treats of the opening month of the season. First period Tricks: The horrid starts by the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Anaheim Ducks. I projected both teams to make the ... Read More »

Three Periods with Dan Mount: A Look at the NHL

It’s Dan Mount again, and I’m back with this week’s edition of the Three Periods blog. This week I take a look at the youth movement going on in the NHL, the red-hot Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets hiring John Tortorella. Let’s drop the puck on this blog. First period If you think you’ve heard the phrase “scored his ... Read More »

Three Periods with Dan Mount: A Look at the NHL

I’m back after being a healthy scratch last week. We’re a week or more into the National Hockey League season, but there’s still time for me to offer my preview of what’s going to happen this season. The first period will tackle the Eastern Conference the second period will predict the West and the final will lay out the Stanley ... Read More »

NHL approves 3-on-3 overtimes in regular season

Las Vegas, NV ( – The NHL will move to a 3-on-3 overtime format during the regular season after the league’s board of governors voted unanimously to OK the change on Wednesday. The board also voted unanimously to give coaches the ability to challenge a goal in certain situations, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced. In another unanimous vote, the board ... Read More »

NHL salary cap rises to $71.4 million

Las Vegas, NV ( – The NHL and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday that the salary cap for the 2015-16 season will be $71.4 million, with an adjusted midpoint of $62.1 million and a lower limit of $52.8 million. The new number is an increase over the $69 million cap for the 2014-15 season. This summer’s free agent period begins ... Read More »

Rangers F Zuccarello suffered brain injury

New York, NY ( – The New York Rangers offered their end-of- season injury updates on Monday, with one alarming diagnosis. Forward Mats Zuccarello, who was pronounced out indefinitely with an upper body injury late in the first round, was later found to have suffered a brain contusion. While revealing the injury is not yet completely healed, the club expects ... Read More »

End of the Line for St. Louis?

When the final horn sounded Friday night at Madison Square Garden, every player wearing a New York Rangers sweater had to accept a difficult truth. The Rangers came up short in their bid to make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals for a second straight season, getting blanked 2-0 in Game 7 by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was ... Read More »

Rangers shut out by Lightning in Game 7

New York, NY ( – Ben Bishop responded from a shaky performance with the biggest win of his career, a 22-save shutout to propel the Tampa Bay Lightning into the Stanley Cup Finals. Bishop’s third shutout of the postseason helped Tampa Bay defeat the New York Rangers 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night. Bishop ... Read More »