TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 14

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 14

Greenville readies for busy, event-filled three-game week on home ice against Gladiators.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

MAKING HEADWAY IN SOUTH DIVISION
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-17-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished the last week with two points in the South Division Standings, topping the Orlando Solar Bears 4-2 on Friday night. After three games last week, the Swamp Rabbits are tied with the Solar Bears and Atlanta Gladiators for third place in the South Division with fewer games played than their rivals. The team has garnered eight points in six games against Orlando and taken six points in five games with Atlanta.

HOT HARE
Joe Basaraba – 3 GP | 2 PTS (2G), +1, 11 Shots
The Swamp Rabbits fourth-year forward produced a pair of goals last week to lead Greenville’s scoring efforts. Basaraba netted the opening goal against Jacksonville on Wednesday night and added an empty-net tally to seal a 4-2 victory over Orlando on Friday night. The Fort Frances, Ontario native has tallied 29 points (11G, 18A) in 37 games, ranking third on the Swamp Rabbits roster, while his +4 rating is second best on the team behind Caleb Herbert. Basaraba has logged over 227 games in his career and recorded 139 points (58G, 81A). Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK BLASTED BY THUNDERBIRDS 5-1

CANTLON: PACK BLASTED BY THUNDERBIRDS 5-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA… The woes of the Hartford Wolf Pack continued in a matinee game played on “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.” The Pack suffered their third consecutive loss, and eighth in their last ten, and were beaten by the  Springfield Thunderbirds, who saw five different skaters register goals as they won their fourth straight, by the score of 5-1 at the MassMutual Center.

The Wolf Pack meanwhile, head back down I-91 to Hartford desperately seeking answers as they are now last in the Atlantic Division.

“I wouldn’t use the word spiraling about us,” Head Coach Keith McCambridge said afterward. “I wouldn’t say everything we did is going against us. I would say we’re a team that had two good games in Canada in Laval and Belleville where we couldn’t close it out and that hurt us. We had some tough travel up there (in a snowstorm from Laval to Belleville) and got in at 6:30 in the morning. At the end of the day, we weren’t playing hard enough or had good decision making against a team like Springfield that is playing very well and credit to them.”

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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: JANUARY 16-21, 2018

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 16-21, 2018

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT The Wolf Pack (15-20-3-3, 36 pts., .439) played four games over the last six days, all on the road, and went 1-3-0-0 in the four contests.  Marek Mazanec made an AHL career-high, and Wolf Pack season-high, 46 saves, and went 3-for-3 in the shootout, Wednesday night in Bridgeport, in a 2-1 shootout win.  The Wolf Pack then headed up to the Great White North for a pair of games and started the trek with a 4-2 loss at Laval on Friday.  On Saturday night in Belleville, Hartford took a 2-1 lead in the third period against the Senators, but then fell victim to a three-goal Belleville flurry in the last 3:46, losing 4-2.  Finally, in a holiday matinee Monday at Springfield, the Wolf Pack ended up on the short end of a 5-1 score against the Thunderbirds.

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SHAKY RANGERS TRY TO FIND SOLID GROUND AGAINST FLYERS

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 22-17-5 (49 pts)
Flyers: 20-15-8 (48 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 45th game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Jan. 16, against the Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tomorrow’s game is the third of three consecutive contests the Blueshirts are playing against Metropolitan Division opponents. The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of the last 13 games (6-5-2 record) and in 10 of the last 16 games (7-6-3 record). The Blueshirts have won 13 of their last 24 games (13-8-3 record), 19 of their last 32 games (19-10-3 record), and 21 of their last 36 contests (21-12-3 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 26 of their last 38 games (21-12-5 record).  Continue reading

RANGERS RECALL PETER HOLLAND FROM HARTFORD

RANGERS RECALL PETER HOLLAND FROM HARTFORD

Blueshirts assign Boo Nieves to Wolf Pack

By: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 15, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled forward Peter Holland from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Rangers have assigned Boo Nieves to Hartford.

Holland, 27, has skated in 36 AHL games this season with the Wolf Pack and Laval Rocket, registering 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points, along with 40 penalty minutes. He is tied for 12th in the AHL in points in 2017-18. Holland has tallied 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 16 games with the Wolf Pack this season, and he has recorded a point in 10 of the 16 contests. He has notched a point in three of his last four AHL games (two goals, one assist), and he has registered 14 shots on goal over those four contests.

The 6-2, 205-pounder has skated in 243 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2011-12 – 2016-17) with Anaheim, Toronto, and Arizona, registering 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points, along with 105 penalty minutes. Holland established career-highs in assists (18) and points (27) with Toronto during the 2015-16 season, and he tallied a career-high, 11 goals with the Maple Leafs in 2014-15.

The Toronto, Ontario, native was acquired by the Rangers from Montreal in exchange for Adam Cracknell on Nov. 30, 2017. Holland was originally selected by Anaheim in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Nieves has skated in 28 games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and eight assists for nine points, along with 12 penalty minutes.

CRAWFORD: PACK SLIDE CONTINUES WITH 5-1 LOSS IN SPRINGFIELD

CRAWFORD: PACK SLIDE CONTINUES WITH 5-1 LOSS IN SPRINGFIELD

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Springfield Thunderbirds 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Springfield, MA, January 15, 2018 – A three-goal second period propelled the Springfield Thunderbirds to a 5-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Monday at the MassMutual Center, in a Martin Luther King Day holiday matinee.

Dryden Hunt, Chase Balisy and Curtis Valk all scored in the second for the Thunderbirds, who outshot the Wolf Pack 25-2 in the middle frame.  The victory was Springfield’s fourth straight, and the Wolf Pack suffered its third consecutive loss, coming off of a road trip Friday and Saturday nights to Laval and Belleville.

“We felt we needed to give ourselves a chance to get into this game, after the last few days, with travel,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said.  “But the second period, lots of speed, lots of pressure, and we weren’t able to handle it.  I thought the third (period) was better.  But at the end of the day, the second period, regardless of whether a team is playing its best that it has all season, as Springfield is, or not, we’ve got to make sure that there’s a better management of pucks, and more pucks going to the front of their net than what we generated.” Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 15

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 15

BY: The New York Rangers

  1. Igor Shesterkin participated in the 2018 KHL All-Star Game on Jan. 14. Shesterkin has represented the Bobrov Division in the KHL All-Star Game in each of the last two seasons. The Rangers’ fourth-round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft also appeared in two KHL games during the week with SKA and posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA, a .952 SV%, and 1 SO. Since the start of last season, Shesterkin has posted a 52-6-2 record, along with a 1.70 GAA, a .935 SV%, and 13 SO in 63 KHL appearances.
  2. Ty Ronning registered four goals/points in three games during the week, and he tallied his third hat trick of the season on Jan. 10 at Prince George. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in the last eight contests. He leads the WHL in shots on goal (227) and ranks second in the league in goals (40) this season. In addition, Ronning leads Vancouver in goals, points (57), and shots on goal, and ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-12) in 2017-18.
  3. Tim Gettinger registered a goal/point in two of three games during the week (two goals). The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered a point in seven of the last nine games, tallying nine points (five goals, four assists) over the span. Gettinger has recorded 41 points (22 goals, 19 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 41 games with the Greyhounds this season. He ranks ninth in the OHL in shots on goal this season (160). He also leads Sault Ste. Marie in shots on goal and ranks third in goals, and ranks fourth in points this season.

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RANGERS GAME FALTERS AGAIN WITH LOSS TO PENS

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS    GOALIES
Game Summary                                  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)        PIT: T. Jarry (W)  Event Summary

–       KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 3-for-3 (6:00) on the penalty kill in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have not allowed a power-play goal in 12 of the last 17 games (48-for-53; 90.6%) and in 13 of the last 19 games (52-for-58; 89.7%). The Blueshirts have killed off 88 of their opponents’ last 100 power play opportunities (88.0%). The Rangers have not allowed more than one power-play goal in 43 of 44 games this season, including each of the last 42 contests.

–       HITTING MACHINE – New York was credited with a single-game season-high 35 hits in tonight’s contest.

–       Henrik Lundqvist made 42 saves in tonight’s contest. He made at least 40 saves in a regular season game for the 25th time in his NHL career (13-4-8 record, 1.81 GAA, .959 SV%, and 4 SO in the 25 games which he has made 40 or more saves in his NHL career). Lundqvist has posted a .900 SV% or better in each of his last 14 starts, dating back to Dec. 1 vs. Carolina. Lundqvist’s stretch of 14 consecutive starts with a .900 SV% or better is tied for the longest streak of his career (he also had 14 consecutive starts with a .900 SV% or better from Jan. 17, 2012 – Feb. 27, 2012). Lundqvist has appeared in more games against Pittsburgh than any other opponent in his NHL career (63), and his 63 career appearances against Pittsburgh are tied for the third-most any NHL goaltender has made against the Penguins since they entered the NHL in 1967-68 (Martin Brodeur – 84; Rogie Vachon – 64; John Vanbiesbrouck – 63).

–       Michael Grabner registered a goal and tied for the game-high with five shots on goal in 16:35 of ice time. Grabner’s goal was the 150th of his NHL career. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, he is tied for third in the NHL in even-strength goals this season (19). In addition, Grabner leads the Rangers in goals (19), even strength goals, and even strength points (23) in 2017-18. He has recorded more goals (12) and points (18) against Pittsburgh than against any other opponent in his NHL career.

–       Brendan Smith tallied his first goal of the season, recorded three shots on goal, registered three hits, and was assessed a fighting major in 18:17 of ice time.

–       Vinni Lettieri recorded an assist and was credited with two hits. He has registered a point in three of his first five career NHL games (one goal, two assists).

–       Paul Carey notched an assist and was credited with four hits. Carey has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. In addition, he has registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last 22 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in his last 10 contests.

–       Mika Zibanejad tied for the game-high with five shots on goal and won nine of 16 faceoffs (56.3%).

–       J.T. Miller led the Rangers with 11 faceoff wins (11-for-19; 57.9%) and logged 18:19 of ice time.

–       Jesper Fast tied for the game-high (and led the Rangers) with five hits and tied for the game-high with two takeaways in 17:04 of ice time.

–       Steven Kampfer recorded three shots on goal, was credited with three hits, and tied for the game-high with two blocked shots while skating in a team-high 20:59 of ice time.

–       Tomorrow (Monday, Jan. 15): Team is OFF
–       Next Game: Tuesday, Jan. 16 vs. Philadelphia (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)

*Schedule subject to change

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS SKID IN 6-2 CONTEST VERSUS ATLANTA

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Skid in 6-2 Contest Versus Atlanta

An early hat trick by Lindsay Sparks coupled with 38 save performance by Sean Boner trips Greenville on the road.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Duluth, Georgia – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-17-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, were placed on their heels early at the Infinite Energy Arena tonight after the Atlanta Gladiators (18-19-1-2) recorded two goals in the first six minutes. Greenville could not overcome the early deficit and ended the night on the wrong end of a 6-2 decision.

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CRAWFORD: PACK SURRENDER 3 IN 3RD AND LOSE 4-2 TO SENS

CRAWFORD: PACK SURRENDER 3 IN 3RD AND LOSE 4-2 TO SENS

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Belleville Senators 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Belleville, Ontario, January 13, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack took a 2-1 lead in the third period Saturday night against the Belleville Senators, but the Senators responded with a pair of quick scores and defeated the Wolf Pack, 4-2.

Mike Blunden had the game-winner for Belleville and added an empty-net goal, and Colin White and Jim O’Brien also scored for the Senators, in the Wolf Pack’s first-ever visit to Yardmen Arena.  Scott Kosmachuk and Filip Chytil scored the Hartford goals.

After the game had been tied 1-1 for more than two-and-a-half periods, Chytil scored his sixth goal in 18 games on the year at 14:14 of the third, to give the Wolf Pack a 2-1 lead.  Neal Pionk stickhandled the puck from the right point down the boards and then set up Chytil in the slot, and Belleville goaltender Danny Taylor (30 saves) got a piece of Chytil’s shot, but could not keep it out of the net. Continue reading