Tag:

In the second period of the Rangers/Coyotes game on 2/26, John Giannone had the following report:

"The Ranger coaches have something at their disposal that is really cool. The Rangers are the first team in the NHL to use this. Scott Arniel has an iPad and a Canadian company provides all the equipment and the Rangers coaches provide all the knowledge. The two coaches upstairs, Darryl Williams and Benoit Allaire have at their disposal the ability to have clips sent to an iPad and Scott Arniel has that iPad nad that is the next phase of a white board, he has the ability to show replays and highlights to the players during breaks. That is going to enhance the coaching that is going on in the NHL.

Tags: Hockey Technology/Analytics, Adam Rotter
Read More

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will begin playing in the Atlantic Division next season, the American Hockey League announced as it unveiled their newly realigned divisions on Tuesday.

Bridgeport, the Islanders AHL farm team, played the 2014-15 campaign in the Northeast Division. They will remain in the same division as the Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers) and the Springfield Falcons (Arizona Coyotes), but will see five new clubs enter their division.

Joining the Sound Tigers in the Atlantic Division will be the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers), Portland Pirates (Florida Panthers), Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins), and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins).

Tags: American Hockey League, Atlantic Division, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Islanders, News, Sound Tigers

NEW YORK -- It's not too often that audible "Let's Go Islanders" chants break out at the end of an Islanders-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. But on Tuesday, they did for the second time this season as the final buzzer sounded on a 3-0 Isles win.

The Islanders scored three goals in the second period and Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves to shut out the Rangers at the Garden for the first time since Billy Smith did it on Dec. 17, 1975. The win, in a game Rangers coach Alain Vigneault preemptively labeled a "New York Classic," moved the Islanders into first place in the Eastern Conference, seven points ahead of the Rangers.

"It's a good win," Frans Nielsen said. "We knew they were going to come at us the first 10 minutes. We were lucky a couple times there. They couldn't go like that all game, we knew that, we got more time and we worked our way in the game. We played perfect the last 40 minutes."

Tags: frans nielsen, Hockey, Islanders, jack capuano, john tavares, matt martin, new york islanders, new york rangers, Nikolay Kulemin
Read More

In the Rangers 2014-15 media guide Jim Sullivan, the "Director of Player Development/Analytics & Hockey Technology" is listed as someone who works directly with Glen Sather, Jim Schoenfeld and Jeff Gorton "to provide reporting and analysis of player progress, skill building plans, and improvement metrics."

Under Sullivan the Rangers will now "utilize a software platform to import tracking data, statistics, and salary information in order to assist in player valuation and analysis." (NYR Media Guide)

Sullivan was promoted to this role after last season and has been part of the Rangers organization for the last few years in different roles.

Tags: 2014-15, Hockey Technology/Analytics, Adam Rotter
Read More

The Rangers are one of several teams in the NHL this season who will use jerseys that have a computer chip built into them. (TSN)

These chips will help the Rangers track a players speed and movement on the ice to help provide advanced stats and analytics. (TSN)

The players also have an app on their iPad?s where they can watch all of their shifts and the expectation is for them to watch their shifts after a game and be ready for the next day at practice.

Tags: 2014-15, Hockey Technology/Analytics, Adam Rotter
Read More

On the Rangers website, Jim Sullivan is listed as "Director, Player Care & Development / Analytics & Hockey Technology" in the section of "Hockey Club Personnel."
  • In the Rangers 2012-13 media guide, Sullivan is listed as "video analyst."
  • In the Rangers 2013-14 media guide, Sullivan is listed as "Director of Hockey Technology."
Darren Dreger says that he spoke with 28 of 30 teams who say that they have been using analytics for a number of years. (Dreger)

When Alain Vigneault was in Vancouver he was "very focused" on using numbers in his decision making. (Province)

When Vigneault was hired by the Rangers, Glen Sather said that he was interested in advanced metrics and wanted to start employing things that previously hadn't been used.

Tags: 2014-15, Hockey Technology/Analytics, Adam Rotter
Read More

Alain Vigneault noted this season that each of the Rangers players have access to an app on their iPads that allows them to watch every one of their shifts from all the games that they play.

In a 2013 video at CNN, Glen Sather was asked if "tech" could help the Rangers win the Stanley Cup.

Sather said, "I like to think that it helps, a good goaltender helps a lot too and the players they perform and work hard, but this gives them an advantage. (CNN)

Tags: Hockey Technology/Analytics, Adam Rotter
Read More

Rangers assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson says that the ability to use "analytics" has been around for a few years and they allows you to look at how effective different plays (such as dumping in the puck vs carrying it in) are. (Expressen)

He says that this information can be used as tool but it's "very time consuming" and hard to examine it all. (Expressen)

Samuelsson said that when he was in Phoenix (2006 to 2011) they looked at this type of information to see how they could take advantage of it. (Expressen)

Tags: Hockey Technology/Analytics, Ulf Samuelsson, Adam Rotter
Read More

With the first games of the Men's Olympic Hockey Tournament set to begin on Wednesday, it's time to break down the competitive field.

The Devils sent four players to Sochi, with Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky representing the Czech Republic and Damien Brunner representing the Swiss.

While the host country, Russia, s one of the favorites, the Canadian team is loaded. Of the 12 teams in the field, there are at least six teams that can make a pretty good case as to why they'll take home the gold medal.

Tags: Damien Brunner, Feature, Jaromir Jagr, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, olympic hockey, Olympics, PATRIK ELIAS
Read More

St. Louis gets a small measure of revenge on their home ice with a shutout over a snakebitten Devils team, who could not find an answer to the perfect play of Jaroslav Halak. This one drops the Devils' record to 22-21-11 on the season.

[sny-box]- Alex Steen is having the season of a lifetime. Tonight he netted his 27th of the year on a wrister from Jaden Schwartz and David Backes in the first. As it would turn out, that goal was also the game winner.

- The dominant Blues power play that the Devils stoned last time came through in a big way tonight, with Brendan Morrow deflecting a shot from Jay Bouwmeester to break the Devils midway through the third period. On the other side of the ice, the Devils went 0/4 on their power play opportunities.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

Relegated to the back page and beyond on most days in the New York/New Jersey area, for one day in January, hockey was king.

The sights were incredible. Gazing upon Yankee Stadium decked out in NHL logos was quite a sight. There was a buzz even before you entered the stadium. With media crews working to get fan interviews and photos, it was clear that this event was so, so much more than just a regular game.

The Atmosphere

Tags: Analysis, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, nhl coors light stadium series, NHL Stadium Series, outdoor hockey, snow, winter classic
Read More

Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Rangers might have felt like more than a loss, but it wasn't.

Sure, the Devils lost a chance to pull even with the Rangers in the standings, but losing those two points doesn't yet spell disaster.

In the coming weeks, the Devils will need to address what is a hole at first line left wing. Whether it's moving someone like Dainius Zubrus back to the first line and sliding someone Steve Bernier onto the line with Patrik Elias, the lack of another scorer on that top line is an issue that the Devils will have to tackle.

Tags: Analysis, Hockey, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Olympics, Playoffs, Schedule
Read More

New Jersey earned an impressive win against an elite team in the St. Louis Blues. The Devs pulled out all the stops, finding a big reserve of goals for Cory, and treated the fans that braved the elements to a 7-1 victory. This win brings the Devils' record to 21-19-11 on the season.

[sny-box]Normally a slow starting team, the Devils manufactured two goals in the first three minutes from Mark Fayne and Ryan Carter.?Jaromir Jagr would add one off the skate at the midway point to make it three in the first.

The dominant Blues power play was blanked on all three opportunities, while New Jersey caught fire and went 3/4.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

New Jersey finished their four game road trip with a visit to Phoenix, and the Jobing.com Arena for a tough matchup with the Coyotes. ?The Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur struggled?early and couldn't quite complete the comeback, as they fell 3-2. ?This loss drops the Devils' record to 20-19-11 on the season.

[sny-box]

- The Coyotes struck first with a quick wrist shot from Jordan Szwarz?at 2:35 into the first period.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

On Tuesday night the Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Bell Centre. Boring!

Martin Brodeur stopped all but one Canadiens' shot. It was like watching paint dry while listening to a presentation about a timeshare.

Mark Fayne, a defenseman, who didn't record a point, was the third star of the game. Taking the SATs is more exciting than that.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, boring, BRYCE SALVADOR, Defense, Feature, Hockey, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils
Read More

The New Jersey Devils bounced back tonight with an important, shutout win over a struggling Dallas Stars team at the Prudential Center. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 18-18-9 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Michael Ryder?made the most of a perfect play and pass from Travis Zajac, snapping it past?Kari Lehtonen to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead midway through the second. ?This was Ryder's 15th goal of the season, and his third straight game lighting the lamp.?

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

With Ryan Carter returning to the lineup against the Blackhawks following a knee injury, winger Mattias Tedenby was put on non-roster waivers by the team. The move allows for another team to claim him, but if he is not claimed, he can be sent down to Albany.

This move isn't very surprising, in fact it was a move that seemed like it was bound to happen. With Tedenby being put on non-roster waivers, it not only immediately cleared the roster space for Carter, but it does allow the Devils to stick him in Albany. At this point, it's just a matter of if he gets claimed by any team. If he is not claimed by noon on Saturday, he will be sent to the A-Devils.

At this juncture, it would be a better move for both parties if Tedenby is claimed by another team. The speedy, former first-round draft pick has shown some flashes of strong play, but has been plagued by inconsistency in his career. He never really seemed to fit into the Devils system, which requires both strong forechecking and backchecking.?

Tags: Albany Devils, Analysis, Hockey, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, NHL, nhl entry draft 2008, non-roster waivers, sweden, waivers
Read More

The Devils rallied back to tie the game at one in the third period, but fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in a shootout from Prudential Center. The loss drops the Devils to 15-16-8 on the season.

[sny-box]

- The Devils failed to score in the shootout, losing their sixth shootout of the season.

Tags: Hockey, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Postgame Thoughts
Read More

The New Jersey Devils came to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and fought off an offensive onslaught as they rallied back to beat the Capitals 5-4. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 15-15-7 on the season.

[sny-box]

- Marek Zidlicky with a first period, power play goal that came together after some great puck movement from Andy Greene, Jaromir Jagr, and the rest of the power play line. ?That's Zidlicky's 4th of the season, all of them coming on the power play

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

The New Jersey Devils rallied to put together a decent effort, but could not overcome early mistakes as they fell to the?Pittsburgh Penguins from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA., by the score of 3-2. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 12-15-6 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Pascal Dupuis?got the final touch as he and Chris Kunitz rushed?Corey Schneider?who thought he had the puck covered. ?A mental lapse from the goaltender and the defense that should have been back supporting him put the Devils on the wrong-end of their earliest deficit on the season.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

The New Jersey Devils defeated the?New York Rangers for the third straight time, this one ending 4-3 in overtime from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. ?The win pushes the Devils to 12-13-6 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Brad Richards scored on a 2 on 1 against Martin Brodeur?in the first period continuing his recent string of good play. ?He currently stands at 3 goals in his last 6 games.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

The Los Angeles Kings took down the New Jersey Devils 2-0 at the Prudential Center in the first meeting between the two teams since the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. ?The loss drops the Devils to 6-8-5 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Dwight King scored on a deflection from a point shot by Jake Muzzin?late in the 3rd period to give Los Angeles the lead that they would take to the end of the game.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

If the New Jersey Devils score five goals a night, they are going to win a lot of hockey games. ?That's likely not going to be the case for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. ?Three goals a night is realistic and ideal for this team to be successful. ?While everyone may have been blinded by the offensive production last night, three aspects may have been overlooked that have been just as key over the last few games.

The first is backchecking. ?If you were at The Rock last night, you can see the whole ice and watch the entire play develop. ?I've never seen the Devils forwards hustle back on defense more than I did last night. ?Can you even recall an odd-man rush for Nashville last night? ?I can't. ?There were several times last night where Devils forwards caught up to Predator players and stole the puck in the neutral zone. ?I'm not sure if we will see it like that night every night, but that is one of the assets of this team with a few veterans out. ?Guys like Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby need to take every stride like its their last. ?They've skated like their hockey lives have depended on it and it's helped this team win games.

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Hockey, JACOB JOSEFSON, martin broduer, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, NHL
Read More

The New Jersey Devils took down the?Philadelphia Flyers 2-0?from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.?with a well-earned bounce-back effort. ?The win pushes the Devils to 4-7-4 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Adam Henrique scored on a deflection off of a blast from the point by Eric Gelinas in the first period.? This was the team?s first goal in six periods of hockey.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

Michael Ryder has no goals in his last five games.

We know he?s a streaky guy but outside of a post he hit on Saturday night against Philadelphia, he?s been relatively quiet.? For one, he?s not shooting nearly enough.? He has six shots in the team?s last five games.? Even with these last five contests, he?s shooting at an 18 percent clip.? That?s great.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Damien Brunner, Feature, Hockey, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Ryane Clowe, TRAVIS ZAJAC
Read More

We're only 12 games into the 2013-2014 season and already there have been a fair share of both positive and negative moments for the Devils. Perhaps the most polarizing "issue" so far has been the split between the two goaltenders.

Make no mistake, New Jersey has a very good problem on its hands.

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Feature, goalie, Hockey, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
Read More

(This Week In Devils Hockey is a new column that will run Monday mornings and will take a look at the Devils' opponents for the upcoming week)

Three games on tap this week following Saturday night's comeback win in Boston. The Devils finally get two home games in a row, so they'll be looking to extend their home point streak and begin to climb back towards .500 on the season

Tuesday, October 29th - vs. Tampa Bay Lighting

Tags: Analysis, Hockey, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Upcoming Matchup
Read More

It's time to dive into some advanced stats with the hope of making sense of the putrid 1-5-3 start to the season.

The main stat we're using here is Corsi On, which is directly defining the number of shots created versus shots against.

[sny-box]

Tags: Analysis, By The Numbers, corsi, corsi rating, Hockey, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Notes
Read More

It's always great to answer some reader questions, especially now that we have quite a few games worth of information to go on. If you have a question, always feel free to tweet @SNYDevils.

Jonathan Harpula - @Starpula - Larsson for Yakupov? Who says no at this point?

Tags: Adam Larsson, Analysis, cory schneider, Discuss, Emptying The Bag, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold
Read More

The ever-growing goose egg is gone.

No longer is the zero in the win column plaguing this team after their slow stat.

Tags: Analysis, Hockey, New Jersey Devils, NHL
Read More

Following two strong performances, Cory Schneider will be in net on Tuesday when the Devils take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Schneider followed up a performance in which he surrendered two goals to Winnipeg, with a shutout of the New York Rangers last night.


Andrei Loktionov, Adam Henrique, Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus all scored for New Jersey, en-route to a 4-0 win over the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

For the Devils, the home ice was a welcome respite after a 0-3-2 road trip as New Jersey won their first game of the season, with a strong performance over their rivals.

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Hockey, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, Postgame Thoughts
Read More

Six games in and a giant goose egg in the W column.

A zero that grows exponentially now, with every loss.

Tags: Analysis, Discuss, Hockey, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Notes
Read More

The range of emotions last night was stark. Early in the third period the team was laughing on the bench, enjoying what was at that point, a very good effort.
Then, the?Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?goal?opened up a pandora's box and the game snowballed out of control.

Some may think the sky is falling.

Take a deep breath and say this three times: "It's only three games."

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Damien Brunner, Feature, Hockey, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, NHL, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Vancouver Canucks
Read More

What Happened: The Devils got out to a 3-0 lead, only to see their lead evaporate behind four third period goals by Edmonton. Patrik Elias scored a shorthanded goal to force overtime, but New Jersey failed to score in the shootout once again, to fall 5-4.

Star of the Game: David Perron. Perron scored the game-tying goal off of a faceoff with a brilliant shot that beat Brodeur over his right shoulder. He also added the eventual winning goal in the shootout, with a slick backhand shelf shot to light the lamp.?

Tags: Analysis, Damien Brunner, Edmonton Oilers, Hockey, Martin Brodeur, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, ryan nugent-hopkins, shootout
Read More

By Jeff O'Connor

There?s nothing like a five-game road trip over 11 days for a team to get to know each other better.? While the sky may be falling for some Devils fans, there?s more reason to believe than there is to worry.

After being shut out in the first game, they answered back with three goals on Friday.? The defense had a bunch of breakdowns on Thursday.? In Game No. 2, they played a much cleaner contest in their own third of the ice.? The special teams have been sharp as well.? The penalty kill is perfect thus far and the power play looks a lot smoother to this point in time.

Tags: Analysis, Damien Brunner, Feature, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Ryane Clowe
Read More

With the first week of an exciting new NHL season in the book, we've begun to learn a little about the teams throughout the league. The new divisional format if fun, at least when it comes to the idea of seeing Detroit take on Boston. Alexander Ovechkin's four goals are more than a few teams have scored thus far. The week came to a conclusion on Mike Santorelli's overtime goal, which lifted the Vancouver Canucks over the Calgary Flames in overtime. ?A frentic end to a great week of hockey.

Let's jump in to my first power rankings for the year:

Tags: Analysis, Hockey, NHL, Power Rankings
Read More

Today we finally lay to rest an offseason of trials and tribulations. No longer can we lament about the losses of old number 17 and 23. It's about the future, and it's about Devils hockey.

The wait is over. In just a few short hours, it begins anew.

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Hockey, Marek Zidlicky, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Notes, opening night, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pregame Thoughts, Ryane Clowe, Sidney Crosby
Read More

By Dave Turner and Jeff O'Connor

With the season upon us, it's time to see how the Devils stack up with the rest of the Metropolitan Division. With plenty of talent across the board, the Metro division should be one of the most competitive in the league.

Dave's Picks:?

Tags: Analysis, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Debate, Hockey, metropolitan division, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, pittsburgh pengiuins, Playoffs, Power Rankings, predictions, Washington Capitals
Read More

It might not count in the standings, but tonight we're finally treated to some Devils hockey for the first time since their April 27th loss at Madison Square Garden.

For some players, this is their first major chance to prove that they belong on the roster. For others, it's a chance to get some live game action and work towards being ready for the season.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexander Urbom, Analysis, cory schneider, Eric Gelinas, Gameday, Hockey, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, Notes, Pregame Thoughts, preseason, Reid Boucher, Upcoming Matchup
Read More

Over at Puck Daddy, they have the fantasy hockey gurus from Dobber Hockey breaking down the best and most intriguing fantasy forwards in the NHL?to help with your fantasy draft. Here's what they had to say about a few of the Islanders who made the review (keep in mind they're talking about interesting players and sleeper picks more they are ranking anyone):

[sny-box]The Studs

John Tavares,?New York Islanders?? His year-to-year improvements have been nothing short of spectacular. Tavares entered the NHL as a one-trick pony and he now ranks among the top four or five most complete forwards in hockey.?Oh, and he is signed to one heck of a contract, too.

Tags: fantasy hockey, Islanders
Read More

At USA Today, Kevin Allen writes that Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh are "locks" to make Team USA in 2014.

Allen says that Callahan's ability to score and play a physical game will be needed and that McDonagh is part of a group with Ryan Suter and Jack Johnson who will form the core of Team USA's defense.

He adds that Derek Stepan is one of four centers who will battle to center the top line for Team USA, along with Ryan Kesler, Paul Stastny and David Backes.

Tags: International Hockey, Olympics, Team USA, Adam Rotter
Read More

(From left to right) Matt Moulson, John Tavares, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, Andy Greene, Bryce Salvador

On a sweltering, humid August afternoon from Yankee Stadium, it's usually all about balls and strikes, home runs and put-outs. But on Thursday, it was the NHL's turn to step up to the plate.

The NHL formally introduced the two upcoming Outdoor Series games to be played at Yankee Stadium in 2014. The first matchup features the New Jersey Devils against their cross-Hudson rival New York Rangers, on Saturday, January 26, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. The second game pits the Rangers against their other metropolitan-area rival, New York Islanders. That game will be played on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, BRYCE SALVADOR, Gary Bettman, Headlines, Hockey, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, News, NHL
Read More

Below is the second half of our debate over whether Patrik Elias is worth of induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. If you missed the first part by guest blogger Mike McCabe, go here. Also, this was supposed to run Tuesday, but Martin Brodeur got in the way of that. Apologies for the delay and as always, sound off in the comments with your thoughts...

Patrik Elias is not a Hall of Famer. I'm sorry, but he's not. He is a Devils icon and he deserves to have his jersey retired. If the Devils ever decide to install a team Hall of Fame at the Prudential Center, Elias should be one of the inaugural members. But Elias is not a Hall of Famer.

Admittedly, this is a bit of a staunch view and I openly admit that when it comes to Halls of Fame, I have strict standards that I believe should be followed. In fact, if, for some reason currently beyond my grasp, someone grants me the right to vote someone into a Hall of Fame, be it local, national or international, I will likely be one of those ridiculed for being a hardass. But that doesn't change the fact that Elias is not a Hall of Famer.

Tags: Debate, Devils, Devs, Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside
Read More