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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.

Zuccarello leads the Rangers to important 5-2 win over listless Devils

Maybe I should call out more players. In one of their better efforts, the Rangers rebounded from a tough loss Friday by soundly defeating the listless Devils 5-2 at The Garden. The win allowed them to improve to 16-11-2 with … Continue reading

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Big Saturday Showdown between Hudson rivals as Rangers/Devils look to rebound

It’s been a great start for the rebuilding Devils. They enter tonight’s match against the Hudson rival Rangers with only eight losses in regulation. One coming last night to the first place Blue Jackets, who earned a split of a … Continue reading

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Islanders late comeback nets point in 4-3 overtime loss to Penguins

In a wild and crazy game between old Patrick Division rivals, the Islanders rally fell just short. However, they were able to come back and score twice in a 3:43 span late in the third period to gain a point … Continue reading

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Deeper Metro Division will likely get screwed by current playoff format

By show of hands, how many people like the current playoff format? You won’t find me as one who agrees with it. The idea of reestablishing the old divisional playoffs for the first two rounds sounded good in theory. But … Continue reading

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Despite frustration, going to games still fun for this Ranger fan who sits in the Blue Seats

For those of you who enjoyed Friday night’s Rangers 5-1 win over hapless Carolina at MSG, it was fun to be at. It’s always nice to attend home games. These days, I don’t get out to as many as my … Continue reading

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The Rangers have no backup goalie

By now, it’s fairly obvious that the Rangers are a one goalie team. Based on the current situation, they’ll go as far as Henrik Lundqvist takes them. Thus far, he’s started 22 of 25 games including 13 straight. The recent … Continue reading

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Frustration, Elation and Damnation: Rangers waste comeback in frustrating 5-4 loss to Panthers

This is one they may look back on if the playoff race does go down to the final week. In all likelihood, it’s gonna. With the Metro Division very tight, the Rangers hope a gut wrenching 5-4 loss to the … Continue reading

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Boyle Strong, Kids and Gibbons underdog story make Devils fun again

It’s been quite some time since the Devils were good. Most of the names on the backs of the jerseys have changed since the ‘11-12 run to the Stanley Cup Final. Only captain Andy Greene remains. Long gone are Ilya … Continue reading

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Game 23: Lundqvist outduels Howard in epic showdown, Zuccarello wins it in overtime

These days, low scoring games are a rarity. With scoring up, you don’t get many well played old fashioned goalie duels. Jimmy Howard and Henrik Lundqvist gave a great show with the King’s 40 saves and Mats Zuccarello’s overtime goal … Continue reading

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Happy Turkey Day! Rangers Thankful For Stuffing Their Way Back Into Division Race

Happy Turkey 🦃 Day everyone! We hope you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving with loved ones. It truly is a day to be thankful for what we have because not everyone is so fortunate. I’m thankful for my family, friends and a job … Continue reading

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