Hartnett: Girardi Is A Whipping Boy With Fans, But Rangers Know His ValueThroughout his entire hockey life, Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi has fought against labels and has shed them as often as an amphibian sheds its skin.
Hartnett: Rangers Off To Outstanding Start Despite .500 RecordThe Rangers are off to a 2-2 start. Yet, their record isn't an accurate representation of how well they have played to open the 2016-17 season.
Hartnett: Kreider Is Ringleader Of Rangers' Fastest Show On IceThe speedy Rangers have been one of the NHL's most exciting teams to begin the young season.
Hartnett: Rangers' Kreider Poised To Become Franchise Power ForwardChris Kreider looks like a man on a mission right now. Two games into the new season, the 25-year-old winger has been a force, collecting four points.
Hartnett: Speed, Skill Spread Across Four Lines Can Make A Big Difference For RangersThe skate was on the other foot on opening night Thursday, as the Rangers used speed as their weapon to torment the rival Islanders.
Hartnett: Rangers 2016-17 Season Preview And ForecastHow far the Rangers go this season depends on how much of the burden they can ease off Lundqvist's shoulders. Being stronger at generating possession, improving shot metrics and establishing greater offensive zone time are the keys.
Hartnett: Rangers Still Have Tough Call To Make To Trim Blue LineHead coach Alain Vigneault indicated Monday that he believes the Blueshirts will open the regular season with seven defensemen due to cap implications – meaning that a roster move is forthcoming.
Hartnett: Pirri Could Prove To Be A Steal For RangersNo NHL skater has bettered Rangers forward Brandon Pirri's four goals through three preseason games.
Hartnett: 2016-17 Will Be Lundqvist's Most Challenging Season YetHenrik Lundqvist's superb goaltending has generally pushed the Rangers beyond expectations season after season.
Hartnett: Vesey Doesn't Disappoint In Rangers DebutAfter impressing at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, Jimmy Vesey finally showed Rangers fans what he can do against professionals during his preseason debut on Thursday night against the Devils.
Hartnett: Clendening's Power Play Prowess May Create Difficult Decision For RangersPuck-moving defenseman Adam Clendening will be a player to watch during the Rangers' preseason.
Hartnett: Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich Line Could Be Rangers' Secret WeaponRangers head coach Alain Vigneault has come away impressed with the potential scoring punch of the newly-formed line of Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich.