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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.

Groundhog Day for Rangers in another exasperating one goal loss to Sabres

Getty Images By show of hands, who is surprised that the Rangers lost another close game? I think by now, we are getting used to it. The ineptitude of this team is mind-boggling. Of course, they once again finished with … Continue reading

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Quinn better hope reinserting Jack Johnson doesn’t result in another loss

It’s only the beginning of Year Three for coach David Quinn behind the Rangers bench. He’s done an admirable job developing some young players so far. Let’s not ignore the development of Adam Fox, Ryan Lindgren, Tony DeAngelo, Alex Georgiev, … Continue reading

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Rangers lose Chytil for four to six weeks

The news is not good on Filip Chytil. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks with an upper body injury. It happened when he collided with Evan Rodriguez on Sunday. Filip Chytil will be out 4 to 6 weeks … Continue reading

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Chytil out for Tuesday at Buffalo, Georgiev gets the start

Following the hard collision with Evan Rodriguez during the second period of Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh, Rangers center Filip Chytil will not be available for tonight’s first of two at Buffalo. After looking like he had the wind knocked … Continue reading

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Rangers fall apart in loss to Penguins

This one was bad. Once again, the Rangers blew a lead after two periods. Only this time, they allowed two goals including a Jake Guentzel game-winner late in regulation to lose to the Penguins 3-2. So, in two winnable games … Continue reading

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Quinn sits Johnson for Smith, Blackwell in for Lemieux, Shestyorkin starts

In less than five hours on NFL Championship Sunday, the Rangers face the Penguins again in Pittsburgh. It’s the second meeting over three days at the Steel City. They’ll look to rebound from a tough 4-3 shootout loss where they … Continue reading

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HARD HITS: Blue Jackets trade of Dubois to Winnipeg involving Laine is a 2016 Draft redux

Getty Images It was only five years ago (really four and a half) that following top pick Auston Matthews to the Leafs, Patrik Laine went second to Winnipeg and Pierre-Luc Dubois went third to the Blue Jackets. That top three … Continue reading

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Younger Blueshirts bright spots in tough loss to Penguins

By now, all the yo-yos complaining over spilt milk have calmed down. A 56-game schedule means it’s too early for panic. Especially four games into the new season. A 1-2-1 record at the start isn’t what the Rangers wanted. That’s … Continue reading

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Rangers should forget the polarizing Dubois after Blue Jackets travesty

I’ll be honest. I never came out pro or con regarding Pierre-Luc Dubois. At age 22, he is a skilled two-way pivot with size and speed. I admire those qualities including his grit which is more of a North American … Continue reading

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Mackenzie Blackwood on COVID list, out for tonight

#NJDevils Mackenzie Blackwood will not play tonight against the Islanders now that he is on the COVID-19 protocol list, per a team spokesman. No further update on his situation at this time. — Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 21, 2021 In … Continue reading

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