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TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 12

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 12

Swamp Rabbits split the week, topping a pair of South Division opponents ahead of All-Star Classic

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

TAKE A BREAK

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (19-16-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished a four-game week with a pair of wins. The Swamp Rabbits bookended the 4-in-5 set with a 6-3 win on Wednesday over the Atlanta Gladiators and a 3-2 victory versus the Cincinnati Cyclones. The set of South Division contests pushed Greenville to 41 points and a three-point advantage over the Cyclones for fourth place in the standings. Tyler Brown and Brandon Alderson opened the week with two multi-point efforts on Wednesday and Trevor Gerling finished on Sunday with a goal and an assist. The Swamp Rabbits are now 2-4-0-1 in the month of January with five more games to play. The ECHL teams break for the 2017 CCM /ECHL All-Star Classic presented by I LOVE NY this week and resume play on Friday. Continue reading

RANGERS LOOK TO GET BACK ON TRACK WITH DALLAS

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DALLAS STARS
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 28-15-1 (57 pts)
Stars: 18-18-8 (44 pts)*

* The Stars play against the Buffalo Sabres this afternoon in Buffalo prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 45th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Jan. 17, against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 17 games (11-6-0), including eight of its last 13 contests (8-5-0) and five of its last eight games (5-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-15-1 record this season. Continue reading

RANGERS ASSIGN MAREK HRIVIK TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN MAREK HRIVIK TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned Marek Hrivik to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hrivik has skated in 16 games with the Rangers this season, registering two assists and two penalty minutes. He has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 12 of his 16 games with the Rangers in 2016-17. Hrivik made his season debut with the Blueshirts on Dec. 6 against the Islanders, and he recorded his first career NHL power play assist/point on Dec. 29 at Arizona.

The 6-2, 197-pounder has skated in 20 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with a plus-three rating and eight penalty minutes. At the time Hrivik was recalled by the Rangers on Dec. 5, he led Hartford in points and shorthanded goals (two), was tied for the team lead in goals and assists, and was tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating this season. In addition, he has recorded a point in 13 of 20 AHL games in 2016-17.

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 9 – JAN. 15

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 9 – JAN. 15

  1. Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) – Fontaine registered three goals/points in two games last week. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal/point streak to four games, and he has tallied eight points (six goals, two assists) over the span. Fontaine has registered 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 35 games this season.
  2. Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) – Shesterkin posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 1.95 GAA and a .923 SV% in three appearances during the week. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 29-3-1 record, along with a 1.55 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 8 SO in 35 appearances in the KHL this season. Shesterkin ranks third in the KHL in SV% and ranks fourth in the league in GAA this season.
  3. Ty Ronning, RW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) – Ronning registered a goal/point in each of Vancouver’s two games last week, tallying three points (two goals, one assist) over the span. The Rangers’ seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has notched a point in seven of the last eight games, recording 10 points (six goals, four assists) during the stretch. Ronning ranks second on Vancouver in goals (18) and points (38), and he is tied for second in assists (20) this season.

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RANGERS: LEAFS NOT HOSPITABLE GUESTS AT MSG

Game Summary                                TOR: F. Andersen (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)         Event Summary

–        THREE’S COMPANY – The Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello line has tallied 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) over the last eight games (including tonight). The three players have registered 51 points – including 19 goals – in the Rangers’ 19 games since Dec. 1. Zuccarello has registered an assist on 11 of Kreider’s last 12 goals, dating back to Dec. 3 vs. Carolina.

–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 36 shots on goal in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last two games and in five of the last eight contests.

–        FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 207th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 248th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011. Continue reading

RANGERS TO TAKE ON LEAFS TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 28-13-1 (57 pts)
Maple Leafs: 18-13-8 (44 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 43rd game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set today, Jan. 13, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 15 games (11-4-0), including eight of its last 11 games (8-3-0) and five of its last six games (5-1-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-13-1 record this season. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: HARTFORD’S BAGS ARE PACKED

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack are hitting the road for four games and going to travel quite a few miles before they return home on January 20th when they will play host to the Toronto Marlies.

The Pack made one transaction move prior to leaving. The team released right wing Brandon Alderson from his PTO deal. Alderson returns to the team’s ECHL) affiliates, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. In three games, Alderson had one assist.

Center Boo Nieves returned to play on Wednesday night against the Rochester Americans in a 3-1 win by the Wolf Pack.

The Wolf Pack got some puck luck early gaining a lead on a Nicklas Jensen goal. Jensen continued his strong play after a John Gilmour shot came off the backboards in front of the net, Jensen was right there to stuff in his 15th of the season just 30-seconds into the game past Rochester goalie, John Muse.

The Pack doubled their lead on the powerplay. Continue reading

SURPRISE!!! (TO NO ONE) RANGERS RECALL BUCHNEVICH

RANGERS RECALL PAVEL BUCHNEVICH FROM HARTFORD

NEW YORK, January 12, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled Pavel Buchnevich from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Buchnevich, 21, skated in three games with Hartford after he was assigned to the Wolf Pack on Jan. 6, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with a plus-one rating. Buchnevich tallied his first career AHL goal/point while making his AHL debut on Jan. 6 vs. Lehigh Valley. In addition, he recorded his first career AHL assist and posted a plus-two rating on Jan. 11 at Rochester.

The 6-2, 193-pounder has skated in 10 games with the Rangers this season, registering four goals and four assists for eight points, along with a plus-four rating and four penalty minutes. He tallied his first career NHL assist/point while making his NHL debut on Oct. 13 against the NY Islanders, and he recorded his first career NHL goal on Nov. 5 at Boston. Buchnevich posted a four-game goal/point streak from Nov. 5 – Nov. 12, recording six points (four goals, two assists) over the span.

WE TOLD YOU THIS A WHILE AGO, BUT IT’S OFFICIAL NOW…

RANGERS, SPECTRA BY COMCAST SPECTACOR EXTEND WOLF PACK AGREEMENT

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Extension Covers 2017-18 AHL Season

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, January 11, 2017:  The New York Rangers today extended their agreement with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, the providers of Venue Management to the XL Center, for the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, to continue playing their home games at the XL Center through the 2017-18 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Wolf Pack franchise is currently in its 20th year as a Ranger affiliate.  That represents the second-longest current continuous affiliation between an NHL club and a single AHL market in the league, surpassed only by the 25 seasons in partnership between the Boston Bruins and Providence, RI. Continue reading

RYAN McDONAGH SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN 2017 NHL ALL-STAR GAME

 

RYAN McDONAGH SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN

2017 NHL ALL-STAR GAME

Rangers captain named an NHL All-Star for the second consecutive year

NEW YORK, January 10, 2017 – The National Hockey League announced today that Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has been selected to participate in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles.

McDonagh, who also played in the NHL All-Star Game last season, is the first Ranger who has been selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game in at least two consecutive years since Henrik Lundqvist (2009 – 2012). In addition, he becomes the first Rangers defenseman to be selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game in at least two straight years since Brian Leetch (2001 – 2003), as well as the first Rangers captain to accomplish the feat since Mark Messier (1992 – 1997).

McDonagh, 27, has skated in 41 games with the Rangers this season, registering two goals and 23 assists for 25 points, along with a plus-10 rating and 25 penalty minutes. He ranks third among NHL defensemen in even strength assists (15), is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in primary assists (13), is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in assists, and is tied for eighth among NHL defensemen in points in 2016-17. McDonagh also ranks third among NHL defensemen in games with an assist (19) and is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in games with a point (20) this season. Among defensemen in the Metropolitan Division, McDonagh ranks first in assists, primary assists, and even strength assists, is tied for first in points, and ranks second in average ice time (24:11) in 2016-17.

The 6-1, 216-pounder posted a career-high eight-game assist/point streak from Oct. 17, 2016 vs. San Jose to Nov. 1, 2016 vs. St. Louis (nine assists over the span). McDonagh’s eight-game assist streak is the longest assist streak any NHL player has registered this season, and his eight-game point streak is tied for the longest point streak any NHL defenseman has posted in 2016-17. He became the first Rangers defenseman to post an eight-game assist streak since Leetch from Jan. 3, 1996 – Jan. 31, 1996 (nine games), and he also became the first Rangers defenseman to post an eight-game point streak since Leetch from Oct. 30, 1996 – Dec. 1, 1996 (14 games). McDonagh’s eight-game assist streak is tied for the eighth-longest assist streak in franchise history.

The Rangers captain leads the team in average ice time, assists, power play assists (eight), and power play points (nine), and is tied for second in primary assists this season. McDonagh led the Rangers in ice time in 39 of the first 41 games he played thus far in 2016-17, including each of the first 21 games of the season. He established a single-game career-high with three assists and tied a single-game career-high with three points on Dec. 27, 2016 vs. Ottawa, and he also established a single-game career-high with a plus-five rating on Nov. 21, 2016 at Pittsburgh.

The St. Paul, Minnesota, native has skated in 431 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (2010-11 – 2016-17), all with the Rangers, registering 45 goals and 150 assists for 195 points, along with a plus-124 rating and 189 penalty minutes. McDonagh was named the 27th captain in Rangers history on Oct. 6, 2014.