Hockey Night Live

  • Friday, April 08, 2016

    Hockey Night Live

    HNL On-Ice Demonstrations  |  Vally's View  |  Chris Boyle's Blog 


    4/8 - HNL ON ICE: MACLEAN & HRADEK vs. VALIQUETTE

    John MacLean and EJ Hradek strap on the goalie pads and see if they can stop Steve Valiquette from putting the puck past them.


    4/7 - THE WEEKLY RUNDOWN: SHOULD LUNDQVIST PLAY FOR RANGERS SATURDAY?

    Steve Valiquette weighs the pros of having Henrik Lundqvist play in the Rangers' regular season finale Saturday against Detroit in preparation of the playoffs.


    3/31 - HOCKEY NIGHT LIVE PROFILES THE RILEY COACHING LEGACY AT ARMY

    Learn more about the Riley family and their legacy with the Army hockey program. Don't miss an all-new episode of Hockey Night Live Thursday at 9:30 PM on MSG & MSG+.

    BONUS CLIPS THAT WERE NOT AIRED


    3/17 - HNL ON-ICE: DEFENSE-TO-OFFENSE TRANSITION

    Ken Daneyko joins John MacLean and EJ Hradek to demonstrate how defensemen work together to break out into the neutral zone and create offense.


    3/11 - VALLY'S VIEW: SUGGESTIONS FOR THE RANGERS' PENALTY KILL

    In this exclusive piece to MSGNetworks.com, Hockey Night Live's  Steve Valiquette explains why the Rangers should play to Henrik Lundqvist's strengths when killing penalties.


    3/10 - BOYLE: HOW TO HELP THE RANGERS' BEST PENALTY KILLER

    It’s no secret that Henrik Lundqvist is the Rangers’ best player.

    But the four-time All-Star is also the team’s best penalty killer. His value is tough to measure, especially when we view his shorthanded save percentage. At even strength, Lundqvist is a career .930 goaltender and leads the NHL in this category with a .942 percentage this season. When shorthanded, that number falls to .882 for his career and a .834 percentage this season, ranking 49th in the league.

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    3/3 - HNL ON-ICE: THE SHOOTOUT

    Actor Vincent Piazza and Ken Daneyko join John MacLean and EJ Hradek on the ice for some shootout attempts on Steve Valiquette.


    3/1 - IS STAAL THE MISSING PIECE TO RANGERS' CUP GLORY

    For the second season in a row, the Rangers have pushed all their chips to the middle of the table at the trade deadline. In an attempt to extend their Stanley Cup window, the Rangers acquired Eric Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes for Aleksi Saarela and two second round draft picks. The question is: Does Eric Staal make the Rangers a Stanley Cup contender?

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    2/26 - IS 'HANK BEING HANK' ENOUGH TO NAB VEZINA?

    You would be hard pressed to find a goaltender more deserving of the Vezina trophy than Henrik Lundqvist this season. He was in the MVP discussion early in the season. But pulling that off, based on the statistical standards required, would demand one of the greatest single seasons in NHL history. Even the Vezina may be out of touch because of the defensive structure of the current Rangers makeup.

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    2/20 - HOW THE RANGERS ARE CAPITALIZING ON FACEOFF OPPORTUNTIES

    The Rangers have been one of the most successful NHL teams at creating offense through the first 57 games of the season. A very strong transition game has played an important role in their offensive success, but the Blueshirts have also been effective creating scoring chances from offensive zone faceoffs.

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    2/18 - HNL ON ICE: PLAYING THE PUCK BEHIND THE NET 

    Steve Valiquette, EJ Hradek and John MacLean provide an on-ice example of how a goalie and a defenseman communicate with one another with the puck behind the net. Don't miss an all-new episode of Hockey Night Live Thursday at 10:30 PM on MSG & MSG+.


    2/12 - EXAMINING J.T. MILLER'S BREAKOUT SEASON

    One of the Rangers providing a desperately needed breakout season is J.T. Miller. During my in-depth mid-season review, and my look at how the Rangers generate offense, the name that jumped out at me was J.T. Miller.

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    2/11 - HNL ON ICE: THE ART OF WINNING A FACEOFF

    The boys from Hockey Night Live take to the ice for another demonstration, as they look at different ways of winning a faceoff. Check out their latest and don't miss a new episode Thursday at 10 PM on MSG & MSG+.


    2/4 - HNL ON ICE: FULL BREAKAWAYS

    John MacLean, EJ Hradek and Steve Valiquette take to the ice and provide an example of a breakaway. Don't miss an all-new episode of Hockey Night Live Thursday at 9:30 PM on MSG+.


    2/3 - CHRIS BOYLE: WHERE RANGERS OFFENSE COMES FROM

    One of the things that have helped carry the 2015-16 New York Rangers is their offense. They have been able to exploit their speed in transition and attack the slot line creating high percentage plays. At even strength through 49 games, the only team better than the Rangers has been the Dallas Stars who have outscored the Rangers 103-102.

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    1/29 - CHRIS BOYLE: RANGERS MID-SEASON REVIEW

    Expectations define fan analysis. When you have the success the Rangers have had over the last three seasons, the goal is Stanley Cup or bust. So, a 98-point pace at the All-Star break is not what the fan base is willing to accept, even though it is actually a two point improvement on their Stanley Cup Final regular season.

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    1/20 - CHRIS BOYLE: LUNDQVIST & RANGERS SUCCESS DEFENDING THE 2-ON-1

    One of the sacred cows in hockey is allowing your goaltender to have clear sight of the puck on a 2-on-1 and have the defender cover the second man on the break. Intuitively, it makes sense and that's why it has become the standard when defending odd man rushes. Intuition isn’t always correct, but we can check it against the manual shot quality data we have collected.

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    1/19 - VALLY'S VIEW - THE RANGERS DEFENDING 2-ON-1S

    In this exclusive piece to MSGNetworks.com, Hockey Night Live's  Steve Valiquette looks at how the Blueshirts and Henrik Lundqvist have fared against 2-on-1 chances this season. Watch the video and don't miss HNL Saturday at 10 PM on MSG+.


    1/16 - HNL ON-ICE DEMONSTRATION - PARTIAL BREAKAWAYS

    The guys from HNL take to the ice at look at why the probability of scoring goes up on a partial breakaway.


    1/15 - CHRIS BOYLE: THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE RANGERS' ZONE PLAY

    Absorbing the controlled chaos that is the game oh hockey is a difficult task when we rely on our eyes. This isn't because our eyes don't understand what we are watching, but because they can't absorb all aspects of the game that occur at once. This cognitive failure leads to incomplete information, and when we try to piece together our perception of the game with the results, we tend to develop analytical blind spots.

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    1/9 - HNL ON-ICE: DEFENDING DOWN LOW WHILE ON THE PK

    This week, the guys are joined by Quinnipiac assistant coach Reid Cashman and power skating guru Robby Glantz to look at how to defend down low while killing penalties.


    1/7 - CHRIS BOYLE: RANGERS HAVE TOOLS FOR CREATIVE POWER PLAY

    A major focus for the Rangers last season was improving the team's play with the man advantage. It has been an issue for the Rangers the past few seasons and their power play sits among the mid-tier in 2015-16. The Rangers have good offensive players and acquired Keith Yandle to help with their special teams.

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    1/2 - HNL ON ICE: DEFENDING DOWN LOW IN 5-ON-5 SITUATIONS

    In the latest on-ice demonstration, Steve Valiquette, EJ Hradek, John MacLean and Quinnipiac assistant coach Reid Cashman provide an example of defending down low behind the goal line.

    Be sure to catch an all-new edition of Hockey Night Live Saturday on MSG and MSG+ at 9:30 PM.


    12/26 - HNL ON ICE: GETTING UP TO SPEED

    Learn how the pros get up to their top speed with their skating with the Hockey Night Live crew and power skating coach Robby Glantz. 


    12/19 - HNL ON ICE: THE GOALIE'S PADS

    In this special on-ice demonstration from Hockey Night Live, Steve Valiquette, EJ Hradek and John MacLean explain how the size of goalie pads can affects shots on goal.


    12/12 - INSIDE THE CREASE: RANGERS DEFENSE IN FRONT OF HANK

    Steve Valiquette and EJ Hradek look at the recent defensive breakdowns the Rangers have had in front of Henrik Lundqvist and discuss what can be done to fix them.


    12/11 - CHRIS BOYLE: WHY THE NUMBERS DON'T TELL THE FULL STORY ON KREIDER

    There are two ways to form our perception of player's on-ice performance. One is through data. The other is through our eyes. Chris Boyle examines how the numbers aren't telling the full story on Chris Kreider. 

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    12/5 - HNL ON-ICE: THE PUCK'S PERSEPCTIVE

    In this on-ice demonstration, see the puck from a completely different perspective as John MacLean and the rest of the Hockey Night Live crew provide a variety of camera angles and looks.


    12/4 - CHRIS BOYLE: DON'T OVERLOOK YANDLE'S DEFENSE

    Keith Yandle doesn't need to be an elite defender because of his offensive skillset. Chris Boyle takes a closer look at what makes Yandle an underrated defensemen in his latest piece.

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    12/1 - CHRIS BOYLE: LUNDQVIST FOR MVP?

    Henrik Lundqvist has been the backbone of the Rangers success for a decade and he’s off to another brilliant start this season. Will this be the year Lundqvist brings home the Hart Trophy? Chris Boyle investigates in his latest piece.

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    11/24 - VALLY'S VIEW - ZUCC BACK & BETTER THAN EVER

    In an MSGNetworks.com exclusive, Steve Valiquette breaks down how Mats Zuccarello has come back from a scary injury to emerge as the most important player on the Rangers.