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.

Kravtsov goes home to further complicate messy situation, Barron recalled for tonight

Even when they finally get a win, things aren’t as they seem for the Rangers. With key right wing Kaapo Kakko suffering an upper body injury on a hit from Alex Romanov during the first period in Montreal, he was … Continue reading

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Foxy effort not enough in tough overtime loss to Stars in emotional home opener

It started the right way. Every Ranger wore the classic home white jerseys with the number 7 and the name Gilbert on the backs as they skated during warm-ups. Prior to last night’s game,the Rangers paid tribute to franchise legend … Continue reading

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Hometown kid Lafreniere gets game-winner to give Rangers first victory of season over Canadiens, Shesterkin stands tall

The biggest story entering the third game of the season was the return home for Alexis Lafreniere in Montreal. Although the former 2020 top pick is from the Province of Quebec, that’s right outside the big Canadian city. Playing in … Continue reading

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Tough Lineup gets exposed by Ovechkin, Caps in forgettable Season Opener

This was one to forget. It’s a good thing the Rangers have another game tonight when they play host to the Stars in the home opener. Everything that could go wrong did in a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Caps … Continue reading

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NHL Division Rankings and Playoffs

With two nights in the books for a full NHL season, it’s time to take a closer look at how we see each division stacking up. Of course, this won’t be accurate because it’s nearly impossible to get everything right. … Continue reading

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NHL ’21-22 Season Preview: Storylines to Follow

A day into a new season following a good return to hockey for ESPN featuring one of the most iconic themes and the cool story behind it told by Justin Bieber, we get the introduction to the NHL On TNT … Continue reading

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Rangers Season Preview: Playoffs or Bust for more balanced roster

Tonight is the beginning of the next chapter of Rangers hockey. Under new leadership with proven coach Gerard Gallant behind the bench and Team President and GM Chris Drury presiding over a more balanced roster, it’s playoffs or bust for … Continue reading

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Rangers and Kravtsov both to blame for avoidable situation

Shortly after I posted my initial reaction to the startling news surrounding the Rangers and former ’18 first round pick Vitali Kravtsov, we learned something new about what feels like an untenable situation. Of course, the organization went into full … Continue reading

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Rangers’ shortsighted thinking on roster could cost them the promising Kravtsov

What a difference 24 hours makes. A day ago, I was very excited to post my half glass full expectations for an improved New York Rangers who begin play at old Patrick Division rival Washington on Tuesday night. While that … Continue reading

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Mika Staying On Broadway! Blueshirts sign Zibanejad to eight-year extension

Meant to be a Ranger. 💙❤️ pic.twitter.com/CXpSy8NKP7 — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2021 Mika Zibanejad is staying on Broadway. The 28-year old first line center got his wish when he and the Rangers reached agreement on an eight-year … Continue reading

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