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Devils' Shootout Woes

by Tara Sledjeski

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A lot has happened in the National Hockey League since March 10, 2013.

The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, and so have the Los Angeles Kings. The New York Rangers made the Stanley Cup Finals after trading away their captain in 2014. TJ Oshie of the St. Louis Blues went from a little known right winger to a national superstar. The success of the Winter Classic led to the Stadium Series and more outdoor hockey and Jaromir Jagr became the seventh player in league history to score 700 goals.

One thing that hasn’t happened since March 10, 2013? The New Jersey Devils have not won in the shootout in a regular season game.

Rangers’ Stepan Out Indefinitely

by Anthony Pucik

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Ranger fans were worried about Derek Stepan when he wasn’t able to go in the team’s first preseason game against the Devils on Monday night. Stepan had a leg injury, but the one he sustained Wednesday afternoon at practice was far more severe.

Rangers’ Preseason Game 1 Review

by Anthony Pucik

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The New York Rangers opened their preseason at home last night with a 5-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils. While there was a great deal of room for improvement, a lot of the Rangers’ new acquisitions had some impressive first games that could be a great sign of things to come.

New Rules Announced for NHL 2014-15 Season

by Anthony Pucik

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Yesterday the NHL announced a few rule changes for the 2014-15 season that ranged everywhere from the rink to the shootout to face-offs. Looking through the rules, many of them focus on incidents or issues that players, coaches and fans have complained about over the years and wanted changed in some way, while also showing the NHL is looking to make the game safer and will not tolerate players taking advantage of obscurities in old rules.

Red Wings' Youth Could Bring Big Success

by Anthony Pucik

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The Detroit Red Wings re-signed 23 year-old winger Tomas Tatar to a three year deal worth $2.75 million per year after 19 goals and 39 points in his first full NHL season. Tatar is just one of the many young players on the Red Wings that performed well last season, and will be instrumental in his team’s success next season and beyond.

Islanders’ Youngsters Resigning

by Anthony Pucik

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The Islanders picking up goaltender Jaroslav Halak and forwards Mikail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin in free agency have been their biggest moves thus far, but they have also made other important signings that should not be overlooked.