RANGERS CHALLENGE LA TO SEE WHO’S KING ON FRIDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS at Los Angeles Kings
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 16-12-3 (35 pts)
Kings: 20-9-3 (43 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 32nd game of the 2017-18 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, Dec. 15, against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned a win in seven of its last 11 games (7-3-1 record), and the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 38-25, over the last 11 games. The Blueshirts have won 13 of their last 19 games (13-5-1 record) and 15 of their last 23 contests (15-7-1 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 25 games (15-7-3 record). Continue reading

CHAIMOVITCCH: SCOTT PELLERIN, CRAIG CUNNINGHAM NAMED HONORARY CAPTAINS FOR 2018 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC

CHAIMOVITCCH: SCOTT PELLERIN, CRAIG CUNNINGHAM NAMED HONORARY CAPTAINS FOR 2018 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that Scott Pellerin and Craig Cunningham have been selected to serve as the honorary captains for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, to be held January 28-29 in Utica, N.Y.

Each year, the All-Star Classic honorary captains join the participating teams in the locker room and on the benches during the event and are recognized for their careers at the annual AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony.

Scott Pellerin began his professional hockey career in Utica, debuting with the AHL’s Utica Devils in the 1992 Calder Cup Playoffs and tallying 33 points in 27 games as a rookie during the 1992-93 season. Pellerin would go on to skate in 328 games in the American Hockey League – winning a Calder Cup championship in Albany in 1995 – and played 536 more contests in the National Hockey League with New Jersey, St. Louis, Minnesota, Carolina, Boston, Dallas, and Phoenix. Pellerin was an assistant coach for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs from 2006-12 and head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from 2012-14. He is currently serving as director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Craig Cunningham is in his first season as a scout with the Arizona Coyotes following six seasons of pro hockey that included 319 games in the AHL. The captain of the Tucson Roadrunners during their inaugural season in 2016-17, Cunningham has been an inspiration to the entire hockey community through his recovery and rehabilitation following a career-ending and life-threatening medical emergency last November. Cunningham, who also skated in 63 NHL games with Arizona and Boston, received the 2016-17 Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the AHL player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.

Tickets for the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino are priced at $39, $49, $69, $89 and $99, and include admission to both the Skills Competition on Jan. 28 and the All-Star Challenge on Jan. 29. To purchase event tickets, visit the Adirondack Bank Center box office or go online to empirestatetix.com.

The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League: since 1995, more than 93 percent of All-Star Classic participants have gone on to compete in the National Hockey League, including Jake AllenArtem AnisimovPatrice BergeronBen BishopTroy BrouwerRyan CallahanZdeno CharaLogan CoutureBraden HoltbyTyler JohnsonMartin JonesChris KunitzZach PariseTuukka RaskPekka RinneBobby RyanCory SchneiderPatrick SharpJason SpezzaP.K. Subban and Mats Zuccarello.

In operation since 1936, the American Hockey League serves as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives, broadcasters and staff of all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers. In 2016-17, over 6 million fans attended AHL regular-season and playoff games across North America for the 16th year in a row.

 

 

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS HOST ROAD-BOUND MONARCHS 

Tosti: Swamp Rabbits Host Road-Bound Monarchs 

Greenville begins three-in-three on home turf against North Division-leading Manchester.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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Thur, Dec. 14 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. Manchester Monarchs ListenWatchTwitter

RABBITS TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (13-9-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, begin a three-day set of games tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena after five days without a contest. The Manchester Monarchs (15-8-1-1) travel to The Upstate after dropping a 6-5 decision in Jacksonville last night. The Swamp Rabbits have produced a 6-4-1-0 record at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena this season while the Monarchs have earned a 9-3-1-1 record away from home. Joel Lowry is the top scorer for Manchester with 24 points (11G, 13A), while Caleb Herbert has paced the Swamp Rabbits and the ECHL with 33 points (15G, 18A).

FEEL LIKE WE’VE DONE THIS BEFORE
Greenville and Manchester met on back-to-back nights up in New Hampshire in October. Those games opened what will be a five-game season series between the Eastern Conference foes. The teams split the pair of games with Greenville winning the latter of the two contests 4-1. The Swamp Rabbits have played five games against North Division opponents already and five more remain on the 2017-18 schedule. The club’s five meetings with the Monarchs is the most of any non-divisional opponent this season. Continue reading

RANGERS STRUGGLES CONTINUE IN 3-2 LOSS TO SENS

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS   GOALIES
Game Summary                                 NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)  OTT: C. Anderson (W)
Event Summary

–       CENTURY MARK – The Rangers registered their 100th goal of the season in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 100 goals in their first 31 games of a season for the second consecutive season (101 in 2017-18 and 106 in 2016-17). In addition, the Rangers have tallied 100 or more goals through the first 31 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1995-96 and 1996-97.

–       RESILIENT RANGERS – New York outscored Ottawa, 2-1 when trailing in tonight’s game. The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 46-32, in game situations when they have trailed this season. The Blueshirts have recorded more goals when trailing than any other NHL team this season, and their plus-14 goal differential when trailing is also the best in the NHL in 2017-18. New York has outscored its opponents, 16-7 when trailing over the last nine games. Continue reading

RANGERS THEME TODAY: ON THE ROAD AGAIN…

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 16-11-3 (35 pts)
Senators: 9-13-7 (25 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 31st game of the 2017-18 season today, Dec. 13, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned a win in seven of its last 10 games (7-2-1 record), and the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 36-22, over the last 10 games. The Blueshirts have won 13 of their last 18 games (13-4-1 record) and 15 of their last 22 contests (15-6-1 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 24 games (15-6-3 record).  Continue reading

DALLAS SWEEP OVER NY COMPLETED AS STARS BEAT RANGERS AND ‘BOYS BEAT GIANTS

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS    GOALIES
Game Summary                                  DAL: K. Lehtonen (W) NYR: O. Pavelec (OT)
Event Summary
Shootout Summary

RESILIENT RANGERS – New York outscored Dallas, 1-0 when trailing in tonight’s game. The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 44-31, in game situations when they have trailed this season. The Blueshirts have recorded more goals when trailing than any other NHL team this season.

TWO GOOD – The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in seven of the last 11 games and in nine of the last 14 games. The Rangers have allowed 42 goals (including team goals awarded for shootout victories) over their last 17 contests (2.47 goals against per game over the span).

KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 3-for-3 (5:10) on the penalty kill in tonight’s game. New York has not allowed a power play goal in each of the last three games (10-for-10) and in four of its last five contests (14-for-15; 93.3%). The Blueshirts have killed off 50 of their opponents’ last 57 power play opportunities (87.7% over the span). The Rangers have not allowed more than one power play goal in a game in 28 consecutive contests. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 9

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 9

Swamp Rabbits top Gladiators to finish the three-game week and extend into two-game homestand.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBITS TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (13-9-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished a three-game set with the South Carolina Stingrays and ended the week in Duluth, Georgia against the Atlanta Gladiators. The Swamp Rabbits topped the Gladiators 4-3 in a come from behind fashion to finish the week on a positive note. Without defenseman Joe Houk and leading scorer Caleb Herbert in the Swamp Rabbits lineup on Tuesday, the Stingrays earned an 8-2 victory in North Charleston. Greenville bounced back early on in Thursday night’s rematch with the Stingrays. On home ice, the Swamp Rabbits earned goals from Branden Troock and Jack Nevins in the first period. However, the Stingrays battled back to score four goals and take the game 4-2. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: December 11-17, 2017

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Dec 11-17, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT The Wolf Pack (10-12-3-2, 25 pts., .463) are unbeaten in regulation in a team season-high five straight games (3-0-1-1), after posting two wins and a shootout loss in three games this past weekend.  On Friday night in Providence, the Wolf Pack got two goals from Cole Schneider and two assists from Anthony DeAngelo and took a 3-2 lead into the final minute of the third period.  The Bruins, though, tied the game with 39.9 seconds left in regulation and then won in a shootout.  The Wolf Pack went beyond regulation for a fourth straight time, tying a franchise record, Saturday at home, and this time found themselves on the right side of a shootout final, defeating Rochester by a score of 3-2.  Peter Holland led the way in that one, with his first two Wolf Pack goals and a shootout tally.  Then on Sunday against Springfield at the XL Center, Vinni Lettieri had his first multiple-goal game as a pro with two scores and added an assist, and Marek Mazanec won his Wolf Pack debut with 17 saves, in a 5-3 victory over the Thunderbirds.

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NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: DEC. 11

BY: The New York Rangers

  1. Ty Ronning tallied five points (three goals, two assists), recorded 12 shots on goal, and posted a plus-three rating in three games this week. Ronning tied a single-game WHL career-high with four points (two goals, two assists), recorded six shots on goal, registered the game-tying goal in the third period, and recorded the game-winning goal in overtime to help Vancouver rally from a 3-0 deficit and earn a 4-3 win on Dec. 9 vs. Kootenay. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a goal in 17 of the last 22 contests (23 goals, 11 assists over the span). Ronning has registered 29 goals in 32 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least one goal in 21 of the 32 contests. He leads the Giants in goals (29), points (43), plus/minus rating (plus-15), and shots on goal (170) this season. In addition, Ronning leads the WHL in shots on goal and ranks third in the league in goals in 2017-18.
  2. Adam Huska posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 1.57 GAA and a .947 SV% (54 saves on 57 shots) in two appearances during the week. Huska stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced to earn a win on Dec. 5 vs. UMass, and he made 28 saves to earn a win on Dec. 8 vs. Colgate. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his last seven appearances, as well as in nine of his last 11 appearances. In addition, Huska has only allowed one goal in six of his last nine appearances. He has posted a 5-2-0 record, along with a 1.61 GAA and a .943 SV% in his last seven appearances, and he has posted a 1.89 GA and a .932 SV% over his last 11 appearances.
  3. Tim Gettinger tallied two goals, including a shorthanded goal, and posted a plus-two rating to help Sault Ste. Marie extends its winning streak to 15 games on Dec. 6 vs. Sarnia. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in eight of his last nine games (eight goals, four assists over the span), and he has tallied a goal in seven of the nine contests. Gettinger has recorded 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 29 games with Sault Ste. Marie this season. He is tied for 10th in the OHL in shots on goal this season (120). Gettinger also leads Sault Ste. Marie in shots on goal ranks third in goals, ranks fourth in points, and is tied for fifth in plus/minus rating in 2017-18.

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CHRIS NELL REASSIGNED TO ECHL’S ADIRONDACK THUNDER

CHRIS NELL REASSIGNED TO ECHL’s ADIRONDACK THUNDER

Rookie Netminder is 5-5-0 in 10 Appearances with Wolf Pack

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, December 11, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned goaltender Chris Nell from the Wolf Pack to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.

Nell, a first-year pro out of Bowling Green University, has seen action in ten games with the Wolf Pack this season, going 5-5-0 with a 3.27 goals-against average and an 89.4% save percentage.  Nell appeared in four games with the Wolf Pack last year, after signing as a free agent with the Rangers March 23, and went 1-3-0, with a 4.02 GAA and an 88.1% save percentage.

The Wolf Pack are next in action this Friday, December 15, when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the XL Center.  Faceoff is 7:15 PM, and it’s “’80’s Night”.  Fans are encouraged to come dressed in their best ‘80’s fashion and relive their favorite decade with ‘80’s throwback music and promotions.  Also, it’s a Friday night, that game features $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period, presented by Dave & Buster’s.

Tickets for all 2017-18 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, online at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL campaign can be found online at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.