Hartnett: Days Before Halloween, Rangers Get Much-Needed Boost From BooOn Thursday night against Stepan’s Arizona Coyotes, Cristoval “Boo” Nieves took center stage at Madison Square Garden five days before Halloween. Nieves recorded three assists in his season debut, as the Rangers defeated the Coyotes, 5-2.
Hartnett: Red Bulls Cruise In Chicago, Face Tougher Task Vs. TorontoThe Red Bulls’ two biggest stars delivered under pressure in a tough playoff road atmosphere to send New York to an intriguing Eastern Conference semifinal meeting with Toronto FC.
Hartnett: Plenty Of Season Left For Rangers To Overcome Ugly 10-Game StartThe 2-6-2 Rangers are in a malaise through 10 games. This team has been plagued by awful starts, disjointed execution and a desperation level that is nowhere near the required standard.
Hartnett: Third Period In Loss To Isles Might Be Turning Point For RangersI’m getting the impression that this team flipped the switch in the right direction in the third period and truly understood the level of commitment and effort it’s going to take to change fortunes for the better.
Hartnett: Rangers Are Beating Themselves, And That's UnacceptableThe Rangers and the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins treated fans to a wild, rollercoaster of a game on Tuesday night that ended in the most heartbreaking of circumstances for the hosts.
Hartnett: Red Bulls Have Multiple Personalities Heading Into PlayoffsIt has largely been a season of peaks and valleys for the Red Bulls.
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.