Author: Patrick Hoffman

Patrick covers the NHL for Inside The Rink. He has previously covered the league for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave, WTP Sports,, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog,, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

Kreider Continues to Cement His Legacy As an All-Time Ranger

Mark Messier. Wayne Gretzky. Chris Kreider? That is right, folks. Kreider, 33, joined Hockey Hall of Famers and legends Messier and Gretzky as the only Ranger to score a natural hat trick in a period during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Ranger fans certainly remember when Messier notched his. It was game 6 of the Eastern Conference […]

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Rangers’ Trouba Wins Mark Messier Leadership Award

While there is no doubt that New York Rangers fans are starting to get scared when it comes to being up three games to two over the Carolina Hurricanes heading into Thursday night’s Game 6 in Raleigh, there is one Rangers player who is not scared. That would be team captain Jacob Trouba. Trouba is […]

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NHL Playoffs: Rangers Lacking Urgency To Knock out the Hurricanes

Going into Game 4 with a three games to none series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes, it looked like the New York Rangers would easily move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. Two games later, this series is now three to two as the Hurricanes have taken two straight from the Blueshirts. Not only are […]

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Rangers’ Second Line Doing Everything Right

The New York Rangers‘ second line, consisting of Alexis Lafreniere, Vincent Trocheck, and Artemi Panarin, was dominant in the regular season. Each player recorded career highs in points as Lafreniere had 57 (28 goals and 29 assists), Trocheck had 77 (25 goals and 52 assists), and Panarin had 120 (49 goals and 71 assists). Not […]

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Rangers’ Zibanejad Getting the Job Done When It Matters Most

Going into this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, no one knew what to expect of New York Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad. Despite having 72 points (26 goals and 46 assists) this season, Zibanejad, 31, was inconsistent this year. Sometimes, he would pass up scoring opportunities or go stretches without putting the puck in the net. Related […]

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Opinion: Laviolette Did Wonders With the Rangers This Season

The NHL Broadcasters’ Association got it right when it came to picking their three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which, according to the award’s definition, is “presented to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success. The three finalists, which were announced on Friday, May 3, Rick Tocchet (Vancouver Canucks), […]

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NHL Playoffs: Grading the Rangers In Their First Round Sweep of the Capitals

Everyone knew that the New York Rangers would win their first round series with the Washington Capitals. It was just a matter of how many games it would take and how dominant the Blueshirts would be. The Rangers more than took care of business as they swept the Capitals in what was a very easy […]

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Varlamov Continues to Provide Steady Goaltending for the Islanders

There is no doubt that the New York Islanders‘ future in between the pipes is Ilya Sorokin. Sorokin, 28, was a Vezina Trophy finalist (given to the league’s best goaltender) last season and has posted solid numbers in his career so far. He is currently 95-65-0-30 with a 2.54 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage, […]

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Rangers Must Use Killer Instinct in Game 4 Against the Capitals

The New York Rangers may be up three games to none in their first-round series with the Washington Capitals, but this series could just as easily be 2-1 Rangers or 2-1 Capitals. In their 4-3 win on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the Blueshirts let the Capitals hang around in the game for too […]

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Glaring Differences Between the Rangers and Capitals Through Two Games

If you have been watching the first round series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, it should be easy to see why the Blueshirts are up two games to none after Tuesday night’s 4-3 victory at Madison Square Garden. Below are the differences between the two clubs and how they have enabled the […]

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