Anthony Pucik, Matt Moro and Drew Casey kick off the second season of One on One's Five on Three on the opening night of the 2014-15 NHL season. They discuss who they think will be dark horses in both conferences, who will disappoint and also take a look at the three local teams and how they will fare this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier this summer, I discussed how the New York Islanders young talent indicated a bright future for the franchise. However, recent reports show the team’s future could be just as murky as ever.