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When covering games at Prudential Center, I use strobes that are mounted in the catwalk of the arena. This allows me to use a lower ISO to get better image quality, however, that comes at a price. This means I only get to shoot one frame every three seconds. It’s amazing how long three seconds can feel when you are working in a fast-paced environment like hockey. When the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers face off, it’s always an intense game. In this image, P.K. Subban of the Devils and Kevin Rooney of the Rangers collided as they both were going after the puck. My first instinct was to fire the camera at the point of first impact and shoot the sequence of the collision. With strobes, I have one chance so I have to be very conscious of what type of image I am really looking for and that means sometimes getting the moment after the first point of impact when they are often falling.San Jose Sharks NHL Design Face Masks

Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich (C) battles for the ball with Luis Rodriguez of Tigres (R) during the match between Bayern Muenchen and Tigres UANL at Education City Stadium on February 11, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

DeBrusk re-entering the lineup and cashing in on Krejci feeds like it’s 2019 would be a wonderful start, but that would only help Boston’s scoring output -- currently 21st in the league -- so much. Similarly, trading for a scorer wouldn’t suddenly fix Boston’s inability to finish. The biggest name currently injured -- Ondrej Kase -- can’t be counted on to be a solution because he hasn’t proven he can be healthy or particularly effective.Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Design Face Masks

Being placed on the COVID-19 protocols list doesn’t mean that Fleury tested positive for the virus.Los Angeles Kings NHL Design Face Masks

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This season has not quite gone as the Rangers had hoped in the standings, especially after taking such a big step in the second half of the 2019-20 season. But the talent on this team is very real and the long-term outlook remains strong as they have potential stars at forward, defense, and in in goal. Not all of them have played at that level just yet, but Adam Fox is already there. Even better, his best days are ahead of him.

Defenseman Marc-Andre Vlasic potted his first goal of the season to tie it at 1 but Brayden Schenn with his 12th of the season, put the Blues up 2-1 with just 54 seconds left in the second as he scored on the power play.

The Kings’ Stanley Cup Era, which peaked with their championships in 2012 and 2014, ended around the same time as the Ducks’ Pretty Good Era, a stretch highlighted by their 2007 Cup win and trips to the Western Conference finals in 2015 and 2017. The two Southern California teams then began synchronized rebuilds, each waiting a year or so too long to upgrade their speed and skill and missing the playoffs together in 2018-19 and 2019-20. It took special skill to miss out last season, when the NHL expanded the playoff field from the usual 16 to 24, but they managed to slide under that low bar.Chicago Blackhawks NHL Design Face Masks

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