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CANTLON’S CORNER: RED HOT PACK PREP FOR THREE IN THREE

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack (24-21-2-0) start this weekend’s action in sixth place in the Atlantic Division and ninth overall in the Eastern Conference. The Pack can make some strides in their conference position for securing playoff position this weekend.

The Pack will play at home on Friday night against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. On Sunday afternoon they will do battle with the Rochester Americans and sandwiched in between the two is a trip to Bridgeport on Saturday to tangle with the Sound Tigers.

The Pack split last weekend’s action. They started with a 5-0 shutout over the Portland Pirates and played perhaps their most complete game of the season. However, the following night they were unable to change the scoreboard from a zero. A primary reason for the failure to score was the goaltending of Albany Devils netminder, and ex-Wolf Pack, Yann Danis. Continue reading

SCRIVENS: MORE SHAKEUP IN NWHL

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NWHL COO AND INTERIM WHALE GM GEORGE SPEIRS RESIGNS
League To Take Over Team Operations In Interim

BY: Jenny Scrivens, NWHL

NEW YORK, NYThe National Women’s Hockey League today announced the resignation of NWHL COO and interim Connecticut Whale GM George Speirs.

Speirs joined the league in August 2015 and was instrumental in the league’s success so far this year.

“We’d like to thank George for his service and everything he’s done to help get the league off the ground,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. “Despite rumors to the contrary, the league’s best interests were always top of mind with George and we’re saddened by his decision to leave.”

The league will take over team operations until a suitable replacement is found.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.

HAWK’S EYE: MEGNA BECOMING MEGA-MAN

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Wolf Pack’s Megna: Raising the Ceiling

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

CROMWELL, CT – Seeing the Hartford Wolf Pack’s Jayson Megna play now, at age 26, it’s hard to believe that back when he was NHL draft-age, no team saw fit to spend a pick on him.

Megna, who was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but grew up in the Chicago area, is 6-1 and 195 pounds, is an explosive skater, and is possessed of enough hand skills to have scored 26 goals for a 97-point Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin club last season, his third year as a pro.  Yet, he was almost completely overlooked by the hockey world as a teenager. Continue reading

RANGERS: MAKE IT FOUR IN A ROW – LATEST VICTIM, THE CRYING CROSBYS

Post Game NotesCapture BY: The New York Rangers  

Box ScoreCaptureOFFICIAL GAME REPORTS   GOALIES                                                       Game Summary                              NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)   PIT: M-A Fluery (L) Event Summary

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–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers extended their winning streak to four games. The Blueshirts have won five of their last six games (5-1-0) and seven of their last nine games (7-2-0). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 13 of their last 19 games (12-6-1), including 12 of their last 17 games (11-5-1) and 11 of their last 15 games (10-4-1).
–        PITT STOP – The Blueshirts posted a shutout on the road against Pittsburgh for the first time since Feb. 27, 1971 (4-0; Rangers goaltender was Ed Giacomin). The Rangers extended their point streak against the Penguins to six games (5-0-1 record). The Blueshirts’ six-game point streak against Pittsburgh dates back to Feb. 7, 2014. New York has earned at least one point in 10 of its last 11 games against Pittsburgh, dating back to Apr. 3, 2013 (7-1-3 record). The Rangers are the first team to defeat the Penguins in Pittsburgh since Chicago did so on Jan. 5, 2016. In addition, the Blueshirts are the first team to earn a win in regulation against the Penguins in Pittsburgh since Carolina did so on Dec. 19, 2015.
–        HIGH FIVE – The Rangers outscored Pittsburgh, 2-0, at 5-on-5 play in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have posted a plus-32 goal differential at 5-on-5 this season (112 goals for; 80 goals against). The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in goal differential at 5-on-5 in 2015-16. New York has not allowed a goal at even strength in each of the last two games. The Rangers have not allowed more than one even strength or 5-on-5 goal in each of their last five games, dating back to Feb. 2 at New Jersey (three even strength goals allowed over the span).
–        FIRST IN SCORE – The Rangers have tallied the first goal of the game in 27 contests this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 21-4-2 record when tallying the first goal of the game in 2015-16. In addition, New York has posted a 16-2-2 record when holding a lead entering the second period this season.
–        FINISHING THE JOB – The Rangers have posted a 170-2-9 record in their last 181 regular season games when leading entering the third period, dating back to Feb. 6, 2010 vs. New Jersey. New York has also posted a 75-1-3 record in its last 79 regular season games when leading entering the third period, dating back to Nov. 30, 2013 vs. Vancouver. The Blueshirts have posted a 56-1-1 record in 58 regular season contests in which they have held a lead entering the third period since the start of the 2014-15 season. The Rangers have also registered a 20-1-0 record when leading entering the third period this season.
–        GOALS GALORE – New York has tallied three or more goals (including team goals awarded for a shootout win) in 33 games this season. The Rangers have posted a 27-4-2 record when registering three or more goals in 2015-16.
–        TWO GOOD – The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in each of their last four games, in 11 of their last 19 games, and in 31 of 54 games this season. New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 26 of its 31 wins this season and has posted a 26-3-2 record when allowing two goals or fewer in 2015-16.
–        TAKING THE METRO – The Rangers have earned at least one point in 14 of 19 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season (10-5-4 record). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 38 of their last 47 games against Metropolitan Division opponents (33-9-5) and have won 30 of their last 43 intra-division games (30-9-4).
–        THREE’S COMPANY – New York has posted a 26-9-3 record in the 38 games which Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein, and Derek Stepan have all been in the team’s lineup this season.
–        KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. New York has posted a 19-6-3 record when not allowing a power play goal in 2015-16.
–        HITTING MACHINE – New York was credited with 46 hits in tonight’s game, as 16 different skaters recorded at least one hit. The Blueshirts’ 46 hits are the second-most they have recorded in one contest this season (52 hits on Dec. 2 at NY Islanders).
–        BLOCK PARTY – The Rangers were credited with 25 blocked shots in the contest, as five different skaters registered three or more blocked shots. Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngMUSICO DEALT TO QUAD CITY FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS AS ESCOBEDO RETURNS AND DODERO HEADS BACK TO AHL SYRACUSE

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced goaltender P.J. Musico has been traded to the Quad City Mallards for future considerations.

Musico, 25, made 13 appearance with the Swamp Rabbits this season, posting a 7-3-1 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and .925 save percentage. The majority of his playing time occurred during the first half of the season, and the 6’1, 198-pound rookie out of Penn State University had not played a full game with Greenville since December 26.

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, also announced defenseman Sean Escobedo has been returned on loan from the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, while defenseman Charlie Dodero has been recalled by the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch for the fourth time this season.

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FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY – Week 17: February 7 – February 14

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Week 17: February 7 – February 14

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

LAST WEEK’S RECAP

Overall Picture: The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (22-19-6), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, kicked off the month of February last week by splitting a pair of games with the Orlando Solar Bears in Central Florida. Entering Week 17, Greenville continues to sit fourth in the South Division standings and now ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Elmira.

The Swamp Rabbits opened the week in thrilling fashion when Jordan Knackstedt went top shelf and buried the game-winning goal with just 3.3 seconds remaining in a 6-5 victory at the Amway Center on Thursday. Knackstedt’s game-winner was one of three unanswered goals in the third period, lifting Greenville to a come-from-behind win and helping the team eclipse the 50-point mark this season. Knackstedt (2g, 1a), Scott Fleming (2g, 1a), Kodie Curran (3a) and Bretton Cameron (2a) all chipped in multiple point efforts on the night. Continue reading

RANGERS: ROADS HOW ROLLS ON TO CROSBYBURGH

Rangers Game PreviewBY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, 8:00 p.m. ET
CONSOL Energy CenterPittsburgh, PA
Rangers:
 30-18-5 (65 pts)
Penguins: 27-18-7 (61 pts)

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 54th game of the 2015-16 season today, Feb. 10, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Metropolitan Division matchup at CONSOL Energy Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts are in second place in the Metropolitan Division and third place in the Eastern Conference. New York has won each of its last three games, four of its last five games (4-1-0), and six of its last eight games (6-2-0). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of their last 18 games (11-6-1), including 11 of their last 16 games (10-5-1) and 10 of their last 14 games (9-4-1). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 30-18-5 record this season (65 points).

RANGERS VS. PENGUINS

  • All-Time: 123-105-23-11 (69-50-9-4 at home; 54-55-14-7 on the road)
  • 2015-16: Today’s game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Penguins, and the first of two meetings between the two teams in Pittsburgh. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers and Penguins will face off against each other on the following dates: Mar. 3 (at Pittsburgh), Mar. 13 (at MSG), Mar. 27 (at MSG).
  • 2014-15: The Rangers posted a 3-0-1 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-0-1 on the road) against Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts earned at least one point in every game of a season series against Pittsburgh for the first time since 1996-97. The Rangers outscored the Penguins, 16-7, in the season series. Rick Nash led all skaters with four goals and seven points. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 3-0-1 record, along with a 1.69 GAA, a .950 SV%, and 1 SO in four appearances. Derick Brassard recorded a point in all four meetings between the two teams.
  • 2015 Playoffs: The Rangers defeated the Penguins, four games to one, in the First Round. The Rangers allowed eight goals in the series, including one goal in each of their four wins. Each of the five games was decided by one goal, and two of the contests were decided in overtime. Derick Brassard led all skaters with three goals and tied for the series lead with four points. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 4-1 record, along with a 1.54 GAA and a .939 SV%.
  • The Rangers enter the contest with a five-game point streak against the Penguins, dating back to Feb. 7, 2014 (4-0-1).
  • New York has earned at least one point in nine of its last 10 games against Pittsburgh, dating back to Apr. 3, 2013 (6-1-3).

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