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Ryan Strome #18, John Tavares #91 and Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders celebrate Tavares' third-period power-play goal against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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 NY/NJ sports landscape.

01/29/2015

Matt Martin of the New York Islanders hits Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Need To Stick To Blueprint, Ignore Calls For Big Bodies

There have been a lot of calls for the Blueshirts to acquire big-bodied skaters capable of matching the physicality of the Isles and Bruins. My message: don’t do it.

01/28/2015

The Nassau Coliseum. (Credit: CBS2)

NHL: Tuesday’s Rangers-Isles Showdown To Start On Time Despite Snow

Despite snow hitting the Tri-State area Monday into Tuesday, the Islanders will host the rival Rangers at Nassau Coliseum at 7:00 on Tuesday night.

01/27/2015

Cam Talbot #33 of the New York Rangers makes a save against Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Out To Prove A Point Against First-Place Islanders

After being outscored 9-3 in their two previous meetings at MSG, the 27-13-4 Rangers are fired up, and they have a point to prove.

01/27/2015

Derick Brassard (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Plan To Arrive In Islanders Country Before Blizzard

The impending blizzard predicted for New York and the surrounding suburbs is already changing plans for the hometown Rangers.

01/26/2015

Marc Staal (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Earn Big Character Win Over Sens, Head Into Break On A High

The Rangers found a way to gut out an overtime victory on Tuesday night and head into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak.

01/21/2015

The Islanders’ John Tavares, left, celebrates his second-period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 19, 2015, with teammate Kyle Okposo. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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

As has been the case since the fall, the Islanders and the Rangers have been really the only reasons for New York City-area sports fans to feel pride. And they seem to be getting better as the season progresses.

01/20/2015

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers takes a shot on goal during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on January 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Winger Rick Nash Has 3 Awards In His Sights

What a difference a year makes. Rangers winger Rick Nash is dominating all areas of the ice and is in the mix for several awards.

01/19/2015

Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers skates during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on December 13, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Official: Rangers Sign Defenseman Marc Staal To Contract Extension

The New York Rangers and defenseman Marc Staal have agreed on a contract extension, keeping Staal off the free agent market this summer.

01/19/2015

FILE -- Rick Nash (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Nash Scores Twice, Rangers Thump Penguins 5-2

Rick Nash scored twice to lift his goal total to an NHL-high 28 and the New York Rangers drummed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Sunday.

01/19/2015

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Report: Rangers, Marc Staal Closing In On 6-Year Contract Extension

Staal, 28, is in his eighth season with the Rangers. The former first-round pick of the Blueshirts has scored a goal and added six assists in 41 games this season.

01/16/2015

Patrice Bergeron celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the first period at TD Garden on January 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers, Desperately Missing Stepan, Gift-Wrap Bruins A Win

All season long, the Rangers have looked like two different teams when Derek Stepan is and isn’t in the lineup. They need him back and healthy ASAP.

01/16/2015

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Islanders’ Goalie Halak Heading To All-Star Game As Injury Replacement

When the Islanders traded for Jaroslav Halak’s rights and then signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract over the summer, they envisioned a horse No. 1 goalie who could carry them to new heights. So far, so good.

01/15/2015

J.T. Miller #10 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on December 13, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Stepan Injury Thrusts J.T. Miller Into The Spotlight

Through 20 games, Miller has scored five goals and collected five assists. That’s solid production for a player who has mostly been getting bottom-six minutes.

01/15/2015

Calvin de Haan of the New York Islanders and Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers battle for the puck at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Murphy’s Law In Full Effect As Rangers Fall To Rival Isles

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault predicted the highly anticipated showdown would be “a New York classic.” It turned out to be a night to forget for the sluggish Blueshirts.

01/14/2015

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