Pavel Datsyuk

Alexander Ovechkin (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) and Jonathan Quick (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Hartnett: U.S.-Russia Should Be Everything You Would Expect — And More

If the United States’ victory over Slovakia on Thursday can be considered a breeze, Saturday morning’s showdown with host nation Russia will be a stern examination of the medal prospects for both teams.

02/14/2014

Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia passes the puck against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Pressure On Russians To Beat The U.S. Must Be Unbearable

The Russians believe this is the game that can wipe away the damage Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O’Callahan and the rest of our boys did some 34 years ago.

02/14/2014

Jonathan Quick and Marian Gaborik (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Predictions For The 2013 NHL Season

Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.

01/18/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Devils’ Kovalchuk Cutting KHL Stay Short; Damage Already Done

Ilya Kovalchuk’s desire to remain in the KHL must have burned Lou Lamoriello and the Devils up.

01/11/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kovalchuk Remains On KHL All-Star Roster; Will He Go To Devils’ Training Camp?

Kovalchuk has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, and is on the roster for the KHL All-Star Game set to take place on Sunday in Chelyabinsk. And therein lies the confusion.

01/09/2013

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: NHL Is On The Verge Of A PR Nightmare

A large part of Bettman’s role as commissioner is to successfully market the game, avoid labor unrest and protect the health of the league. He’s failed spectacularly in each of these areas throughout his tenure.

10/26/2012

Free agent Zach Parise has signed with the Wild (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Handicapping Decision Day For Devils Free Agent Zach Parise

Zach Parise is expected to announce his next team on Monday. Sean Hartnett breaks down the cases for each team in the ‘Parise sweepstakes.’

07/02/2012

Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Red Wings’ Filppula Suffers Injury Against Rangers

Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula was knocked out of the Rangers game with a lower-body injury on Monday night. “We’re going to check him (Tuesday) and see where he’s at,” coach Mike Babcock said.

WFAN–02/08/2011

Rangers-Red Wings

Rangers’ Slide At 5, Thanks To Datsyuk, Wings

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist after missing 19 games with a broken right wrist, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Monday night.

WFAN–02/07/2011

Dan Girardi #5 and Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers collide with Alex Goligoski #3 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on February 1, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Rangers Visit Red Wings; Losing Streak At 4

The Red Wings’ offensive woes have led to back-to-back losses, but a date with the struggling Rangers may help them get back on track.

WFAN–02/07/2011

David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils scores a second period goal against Brian Boucher #33 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on January 6, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Dealing With The Devils: Just Win, Baby

Many loyal fans (and some well-respected hockey pundits) have suggested that the Devils would be better off continuing to lose to secure the number one pick in the draft lottery. I feel it’s necessary to dismiss that notion.

WFAN–01/28/2011