Chris Boyle

Sens, Karlsson More Dangerous Than You Think

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 It’s hard to look at the Ottawa Senators as a formidable foe when essentially everybody thinks the Rangers are a lock for the Eastern Conference Final. Most playoff predictors have the Sens as the least likely team to advance into Round 2. It’s fairly easy to see why: The Senators have […]

Can Rangers Replicate Game 1 Magic Over Habs?

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 Coming into the playoffs, the Canadiens-Rangers matchup looked like a toss-up. While the Canadiens won all three regular-season matchups, the shot metrics showed a .039 difference between the two Eastern Conference rivals. Over 185 minutes, the Rangers and Canadiens were separated by one clear-sighted shot from a foot inside the blueline. […]

How Rangers Can Beat Carey Price

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 With the first round matchup with the Montreal Canadiens locked in, the Rangers finally have something to focus on. The Canadiens are a dangerous first round opponent and present a significant threat to the Rangers’ Stanley Cup aspirations because of the possibility of Carey Price stealing a series. Since Chris Kreider […]

How Do Rangers Compare To Past Two Champs?

By: Chris Boyle Follow @ChrisBoyle33 The Rangers punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup lottery with a point in San Jose on Tuesday. For a team like the Maple Leafs, that is the goal. For a contender like the Rangers, this is just the entry point towards their aspirations of winning the Stanley Cup. Is the […]

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. […]