By Josh Kramer
The NBA is finally back. NFL action heads to the final week. MLB off-season moves continue to occur left and right. And bowl season is finally ready to heat up. The New Year is always an exciting time in general, but it is also a great time in sports too. Here are the events to keep an eye on this week.
5. As is the norm during this time of the year, the NHL has gotten lost in the shuffle. Now with the return of the NBA and the recent onslaught of concussions, expect the NHL to fall even further back on the agenda than normal. Despite the lack of attention, there is still some great hockey to be played. This week’s matchup to watch takes place down south.
New York Rangers at Florida Panthers: It is a good thing that style points do not mean much in professional sports. Because if they did, Florida may no longer be in first place. The last time the Panthers took the ice, they took an 8 to 0 beating from the defending champion Boston Bruins. Plus they are now losers of three straight games. The Rangers on the other hand, are coming off of a big win against rival Philadelphia and have now won four straight games as they get ready for their “Battle of New York” with the Islanders tonight. The Rangers live on one of the elite defensive units in the League and a very respectable group on offense led by Marian Gaborik. Florida is not really too strong in any particular facet of the game. They are typically good at defending their home ice. The Rangers are not only hot right now, but they also thrive on the road. Let the good times roll for New York. Continue reading