CRAWFORD: KODIE CURRAN STANDING UP AGAINST BULLIES

bob-crawfordAnti-Bullying Efforts Hit Home for Wolf Pack’s Kodie Curran

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Defenseman Kodie Curran has only been with the Wolf Pack since last Wednesday, but the organization has already left a strong personal impression on him with its “Anti-Bullying Night” and “Kindness Campaign” initiatives.

Curran, a 25-year-old native of Calgary, Alta., was a victim of bullying in his younger years, and has selflessly shared that reality with the world via social media.  And to him, the fact that an entity like the Wolf Pack would dedicate this kind of energy and attention to the issue of bullying speaks volumes as to how far the world has progressed in dealing with the problem.  Continue reading

RANGERS: OFFICIAL PAPERWORK ON SKAPSKI RETURN

new-york-rangers_thumb13-150x150ANGERS REASSIGN MACKENZIE SKAPSKI TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, March 25, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has reassigned goaltender Mackenzie Skapski to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Skapski, 20, has appeared in two games with the Rangers this season, posting a 2-0-0 record, along with a 0.50 GAA, a .978 SV%, and 1 SO. He earned his first career NHL win while making his NHL debut on Feb. 20 at Buffalo, becoming the third-youngest goaltender in franchise history to record a win in his NHL debut. Skapski also posted his first career NHL shutout while making his second career NHL start on Mar. 14 at Buffalo, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to record his first career NHL shutout in one of his first two NHL starts since Marcel Paille did so during the 1957-58 season.

The 6-3, 191-pounder has appeared in 24 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 12-7-3 record, along with a 2.38 GAA, a .914 SV%, and 2 SO. When he was recalled by the Rangers on Feb. 4, Skapski was tied for fifth among AHL rookie goaltenders in shutouts, was tied for sixth among AHL rookie goaltenders in GAA, was tied for eighth among AHL rookie goaltenders in wins, and was tied for ninth among AHL rookie goaltenders in SV%.

The Abbotsford, British Columbia native was originally selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 170th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

FUEHRING: ROADIES MAKE SOLAR BEARS FLARE OUT

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WARRIORS BITE SOLAR BEARS IN 3-2 THRILLER

Four-point swing favors Greenville in Thursday’s victory against Orlando

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Road Warriors 

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Road Warriors (34-28-4), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, received contributions from Kyle Jean, Dallas Jackson and Bretton Cameron on Thursday and earned a thrilling 3-2 victory against the Orlando Solar Bears (34-23-7) at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Between the pipes, Jason Missiaen made 26 saves for the win, including several key stops in the final minutes.

With the victory, the Road Warriors (72 points) are three points behind Orlando for the final playoff spot in the East Division. Greenville is now three points ahead of Elmira as well with six games remaining in the regular season. Continue reading

RANGERS: BLUESHIRTS GO ALL OFFICER BIG MAC AND MAKE HAMBURGLAR GRIMACE

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NEW YORK RANGERS -5 at OTTAWA SENATORS -1
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 47-19-7 (101 pts)
Senators: 37-25-11 (85 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TEAM NOTES:

  • CLINCHING A SPOT – By earning a win tonight, combined with Boston’s overtime loss against Anaheim, the Rangers clinched a playoff berth. The Blueshirts have now reached the playoffs in five consecutive seasons and in nine of the last 10 seasons. It is the first time the Rangers have made the playoffs in at least five straight seasons and nine times in a 10-season span since they reached the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons from 1977-78 – 1986-87. Entering 2014-15, New York was one of four teams who reached the playoffs in at least eight of the previous nine seasons (along with Pittsburgh, Detroit, and San Jose).

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CANTLON’S CORNER: WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT - With just eleven games remaining on the AHL’s 2014-2015 season schedule, the Hartford Wolf Pack approach is fairly simple going forward.

“Every game is important from here on out,” Pack Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “That’s all there is to it.”

Meeting a traditional rival in the Providence Bruins, who they haven’t played in quite a while, presents some challenges for the New York Rangers‘ top affiliates, namely staying out of the penalty box. The Bruins are the holders of the league’s fourth best overall powerplay at a 19.4% success rate.  Continue reading

RANGERS: SOUNDS LIKE A CHILDREN’S BOOK – “CAM VS. THE HAMBURGLAR”

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NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 46-19-7 (99 pts)
Senators: 37-24-11 (85 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers play their 73rd game of the 2014-15 season against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (7:30 p.m. ET — TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in 19 of its last 22 games (16-3-3), including nine of its last 11 games (8-2-1). The Blueshirts have won 16 of their last 21 contests (16-3-2), including 12 of the last 16 games (12-3-1) and seven of the last nine games (7-2-0). The Rangers have also recorded at least one point in 22 of their last 26 games (19-4-3). The Blueshirts have won 39 of their last 54 games (39-12-3), including 37 of their last 51 games (37-11-3) and 35 of their last 47 contests (35-9-3). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 52 of their last 68 games (45-16-7), including 45 of their last 58 games (40-13-5). The Rangers have posted a 46-19-7 record this season (99 pts), following a 4-2 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Mar. 24 at Madison Square Garden. The Senators enter the contest with a 37-24-11 record this season (85 pts), following a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Monday, Mar. 23 in Ottawa. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: GOALTENDING SHUFFLE

Mackenzie SkapskiBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The Hartford Wolf Pack goaltending will be changing with the return of Mackenzie Skapski from the New York Rangers, Skapski was recalled when Henrik Lundqvist was injured.

Skapski played understudy to ex-Pack, Cam Talbot. Skapski played in just two NHL games both against the Buffalo Sabres earning wins in both with a 0.50 GAA and .978 save percentage and earning the nickname, “Buffalo Killer” from Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault. Continue reading