Hartnett: A Little Metro Action Intensity Should Get Rangers GoingThe calendar reads Oct. 13 and only four games have been played, but the 1-3 Rangers are already in a show-me situation.
Hartnett: Rangers Must Simplify Execution In Order To Get On TrackFrom top to bottom, the 1-3-0 Rangers haven’t been up to snuff through four games. It’s hard to be a winning hockey club when so few players are performing close to their A-game.
Hartnett: Rangers' Zibanejad, Off To Hot Start, Exuding ConfidenceMika Zibanejad has begun his second season with the Rangers in scorching form, collecting four goals through three games.
Hartnett: Rangers Weren't Great, But It's No Reason To Freak OutAn 82-game hockey season is a grueling marathon packed with peaks and valleys. Early results should be taken with a grain of salt because few teams come out of the gates like a well-oiled machine.
Hartnett: Oilers Are Ready To Climb To NHL's MountaintopThe Pittsburgh Penguins earned back-to-back Stanley Cup championships because of their star power, speed, emerging youth and contributions up and down the roster.
Hartnett: Reloaded Rangers Relying On Youth, Speed In 2017-18General manager Jeff Gorton spent the offseason shaping the Rangers into a younger and faster bunch. As a result, there is a heightened level of expectations this season.
Hartnett: Rookie Centers Flash Potential, But Rangers Only Have Room For 1Every hockey team wants to enter the regular season on a high, but positive trends are more important than scoreboard results.
Hartnett: Pieces Falling Into Place As Rangers Close Out PreseasonPrior to Monday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that J.T. Miller will begin this season on the wing. This decision clarifies the Rangers’ positional battles at forward with just eight days left before the regular season opens.
Hartnett: Red Bulls Desperate For Something Positive This WeekendIn the wake of Wednesday's crushing loss in the U.S. Open Cup final, the Red Bulls’ attention has immediately turned toward solidifying their position in Major League Soccer's playoff race.
Hartnett: Red Bulls Simply Failed To Seize The MomentA cauldron of noise greeted the Red Bulls when they entered Children’s Mercy Park ahead of their showpiece U.S. Open Cup final against Sporting Kansas City.
Hartnett: Motivated Red Bulls Can Taste Their First Major ChampionshipRed Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch will have the opportunity to usher in a new era in club history on Wednesday should his squad secure New York’s first U.S. Open Cup championship.
Hartnett: Fierce Battle Is Underway On Rangers' Blue LineWhen Alain Vigneault first took charge of the Rangers in 2013, he began orchestrating an identity change from the defensive-obsessed leanings of predecessor John Tortorella.