Chris Boyle

Which Team is Better Playoff Matchup for Rangers?

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 With the Rangers virtually locked into the first wild card spot, the team’s immediate focus is getting Henrik Lundqvist back in the lineup and keeping the players healthy before the playoffs begin. The Blueshirts’ playoff opponent is still to be determined, but the site sportsclubstats.com has their likely first-round opponent as the Montreal […]

Rangers’ Deal for Zibanejad is Paying Off

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 Rebuilding your team on the fly is a difficult thing to do. After last season’s disappointing first-round exit to the Penguins, the Rangers looked to be in a difficult place. Older veterans and a younger core that hadn’t quite taken over yet, left the Blueshirts in a difficult spot between a […]

There’s More to Stepan Than Goals

By Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 Derek Stepan is currently struggling to score. He hasn’t scored in his last 56 shots and his shooting percentage has plummeted from 10.6% (his career shooting percentage) to 7.6%. This is a perceived problem in a game like hockey where the goals are so rare. Because they happen so infrequently, […]

Why the Sabres’ Power-Play is So Lethal

By Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 The Buffalo Sabres are on the perimeter of the playoff race, only four points out with 20 games to go as I write this. This is a pretty remarkable achievement considering they played a quarter of the season without Jack Eichel and have continually struggled to maintain positive possession numbers. […]

Anders Lee Possesses Elite Net Front Presence

BY: CHRIS BOYLE In order to have sustainable offensive success, it is essential to deceive opposition defenses and goaltenders. There are plenty of tactical approaches to achieve this deception and one of the most valuable is the ability to destabilize a goaltender’s sightlines while creating high leverage shot attempts. This is commonly known as net-front presence. […]

Future Looks Bright for Rangers’ Buchnevich

BY: CHRIS BOYLE After the Rangers‘ exit from the 2015-16 NHL playoffs, there were concerns that the Cup window had closed. When you go “all in” by trading future draft picks and prospects for deadline acquisitions like Keith Yandle, Eric Staal and Martin St. Louis, you require impact performances from unexpected sources. The Rangers came up […]

Why Gamble on Greiss Will Pay Off

By: Chris Boyle The Islanders have solidified their position in goal after giving Thomas Greiss a contract extension. It may seem like a significant commitment to a goaltender who has never played more than 41 games in a season, but it is a solid gamble and could be a good value play. His new contract would barely […]

McDonagh Well Deserving of Second All-Star Nod

By Chris Boyle Ryan McDonagh earned an All-Star berth for the second straight season following Tuesday’s announcement of the NHL’s All-Star rosters. The Rangers‘ captain continues to be the anchor of the team’s blueline, but traditional advanced data doesn’t appreciate the dominant player he truly is. Over the last two seasons, McDonagh has been a mediocre […]