Author Archives: Derek Felix

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.

Game #18: David Quinn’s explanations make no sense following frustrating loss at Panthers

I’m past the point of having patience. A lot of what David Quinn says is hogwash. He did it again following a extremely frustrating 4-3 loss at the Panthers. Forget about how well Artemiy Panarin, Ryan Strome and Jesper Fast … Continue reading

Posted in NYRangers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Free Lias

It’s as simple as this. Through two periods, Lias Andersson has played a grand total of six shifts against the Panthers. That’s 3:13 of ice time in two periods for the 2017 seventh overall pick the Rangers took as part … Continue reading

Posted in NYRangers | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Saturday Night Hockey Message

Tonight is a extremely busy Saturday Night for hockey. In fact, 30 of 31 teams are in action. That included a few afternoon games. Carolina defeated Minnesota earlier in overtime on a goal from sizzling sophomore Andrei Svechnikov. I knew … Continue reading

Posted in Battle News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Game #17: Lightning strikes for Rangers in humiliating fashion, Chytil and Panarin bright spots along with a point on Georgiev

Ondrej Palat celebrates his goal that made it 4-0 as the Rangers were embarrassed by the Lightning 9-3. AP Photo by Chris O’Meara via Getty Images courtesy Newsday This one was ugly. If it were the old days in elementary … Continue reading

Posted in NYRangers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Devil Dilemma

Andy Greene defends a Senator during a disappointing 4-2 home loss for the Devils. AP Photo by Bill Kastroun via Getty Images One of the real mysteries of the early season is the inconsistent play of the New Jersey Devils. … Continue reading

Posted in Column | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Interesting thoughts from Brendan Smith reveals a lot about his character

Brendan Smith is one of the older players on the Rangers. At 30 years old, the veteran is the fourth oldest Blueshirt behind elder statesmen Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal, and role player Micheal Haley. Originally acquired from the Red … Continue reading

Posted in Column | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Game #16: Kaapo Kakko Night, rookie lifts Rangers to thrilling overtime win over Penguins

Adam Fox and Kaapo Kakko celebrate Kakko’s overtime winner highlighting a well deserved 3-2 Rangers win over the Penguins. AP Photo by Jim McIsaac via Getty Images It took 16 games. Finally, Kaapo Kakko announced himself to the NHL. The … Continue reading

Posted in NYRangers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don Cherry comes clean

AP Photo Detroit Free Press via Getty Images By now, the hockey community knows that Don Cherry is no longer employed by Sportsnet. The less said about that network, the better. Ditto for lifelong partner Ron MacLean, who stood by … Continue reading

Posted in Column | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Lias Andersson Issue

Lias Andersson (with Brendan Lemieux above) has been handled poorly by the Rangers organization. AP Photo via Getty Images Imagine having the foresight to see ahead and plan for the future. This is exactly what the Rangers did in the … Continue reading

Posted in Column | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Game #15: Outclawed by the Panthers in a Texas Holdem style shootout, disappointing Sunday

Ryan Lindgren is pumped up after scoring his first NHL goal. The Rangers lost to the Panthers 6-5 in a crazy game that lacked defense, but had plenty of excitement. AP Photo via New York Rangers courtesy Getty Images Rather … Continue reading

Posted in NYRangers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment