Rangers, Devils, and Islanders Have Hope for New NHL Season

With so much N.H.L. hockey stuffed into a single market, one would hope that fans in the New York area would be having a lot more fun. In recent years, the Isles are the lone bright spot.

It’s 29.5 miles from Elmont, N.Y., to Newark, and in this tiny corridor of the United States exist three of the N.H.L.’s 32 teams: the Devils, the Rangers, and the Islanders, soon to move to Elmont from their creaking Long Island home in Uniondale.

With this overabundance of hockey — almost 10 percent of the N.H.L. — the New York metropolitan area should be hockey-mad. But hockey and the Big Apple and its environs

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