Goalie Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers is congratulated by Lee Stempniak #12 after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 5-1. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

3 Up And 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the local sports landscape.

12/15/2014

Scott Gomez #21 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center on December 9, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Schwei’s Devils Notebook: Little-Known Facts, Odd Stats And Strange Records

It’s getting late early for the Devils, who begin the week with just two wins in their last 11 games (2-6-3) and have fallen to a season-low four games below .500 (11-15-5), tied for 12th in the Eastern Conference standings.

12/15/2014

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lundqvist, Rangers Beat Oilers For 3rd Straight Win

Henrik Lundqvist’s fifth shutout of the season was a breeze.

12/15/2014

The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello tips the puck past goalie Ryan Miller  of the Vancouver Canucks for his second goal of the night on Dec. 13, 2014. (credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Zuccarello Leads Rangers Past Canucks, 5-1

Mats Zuccarello had two goals and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the slumping Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

12/14/2014

Trevor Daley #6 of the Dallas Stars celebrates a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period at American Airlines Center on April 9, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Daley, Horcoff Lead Stars Past Devils, 4-3

Trevor Daley and Shawn Horcoff scored in the second period to help the Dallas Stars recover after giving up a two-goal lead and beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 Saturday night.

12/13/2014

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders moves in on Scott Darling #33 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 13, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles Strike Late, Snap Blackhawks’ Winning Streak

Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Islanders beat Chicago 3-2 on Saturday night to snap the Blackhawks’ NHL-best, eight-game winning streak.

12/13/2014

Damien Brunner (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Devils Officially Terminate Contract Of Damien Brunner

The 28-year-old right wing, who had seven points in 17 games for New Jersey this season, passed through unconditional waivers on Friday and then signed with HC Lugano in Switzerland.

12/12/2014

Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Special Teams Misfires At The Root Of Islanders’ Current Problems

After jumping out to their best start in franchise history, the New York Islanders have hit a bit of a snag.

12/12/2014

An exterior view of the Devils' Prudential Center (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Devils, NHL Battling Mysterious Mumps Outbreak

Once mumps invades a professional sports dressing room, it finds a fertile breeding ground and the NHL is finding that it is not easy to get rid of.

12/12/2014

Jaroslav Halak (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Drop 3rd Straight, Fall To St. Louis 6-3

Alexander Steen scored two goals, and Jake Allen made 25 saves in the St. Louis Blues’ 6-3 win against the suddenly slumping New York Islanders on Thursday night.

12/12/2014

New Jersey Devils v Vancouver Canucks

Flyers Score Every Which Way As Devils Lose In Philly

Matt Read and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

12/12/2014

Kevin Hayes of the New York Rangers celebrates his first NHL goal at 7:18 of the third period against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers’ Rookie Kevin Hayes Looks Like The Real Deal

Rookie center Kevin Hayes has special written all over him. The 22-year-old Boston College graduate has adapted quickly to the demands of the fast-paced NHL, earning the trust of teammates and head coach Alain Vigneault.

12/11/2014

John Tavares (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

7 Local Athletes Who Haven’t Been Themselves This Season

There’s usually at least one underperformer on every team, whether it’s because he’s failed to live up to the hype, regressed or just been going through a rough patch. Here are seven from the local teams.

12/10/2014

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 25: Chad Johnson #30 of the New York Islanders skates against the Dallas Stars at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 25, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Stars 7.5.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles Give Up Another 3-Goal Lead, Lose To Wild

Nino Niederreiter tapped in the go-ahead goal with 4:33 left and capped a furious comeback by the Minnesota Wild in a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders 5-4 on Tuesday night.

12/10/2014

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 09: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks scores on Keith Kinkaid #1 of the New Jersey Devils during a shootout at the Prudential Center on December 9, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Devils Fall To Chicago 3-2 In Shootout

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in a shootout, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied late to earn their seventh straight victory with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

12/10/2014