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DUAL ANTHEM NIGHT TUESDAY AT MSG

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 38-19-1 (77 pts)
Canadiens: 31-20-8 (70 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 59th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 21, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of their last 13 contests (10-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-1 record this season. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 20-26, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Feb. 20-26, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (19-28-3-2, 43 pts., .413) started a three-game weekend with a 3-2 win at Lehigh Valley this past Friday night, in the front end of a back-to-back set in Allentown, but lost the rematch Saturday evening, 6-4.  The weekend concluded with a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of the Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday.  Brandon Halverson made a Wolf Pack season-high 42 saves, including 23 in the third period, in Friday’s win, and Justin Fontaine stretched a personal season-high point-scoring streak to seven games (5-4-9) with 2-2-4 in the three tilts.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS 

This week:

It’s another three-games-in-three-days set for the Wolf Pack this weekend, as the club continues a stretch of playing six out of seven games at home.  The Hershey Bears visit the XL Center on Friday night for a 7:15 PM game, and then the Wolf Pack head to Springfield on Saturday night for a 7:05 date with the Thunderbirds.  On Sunday the Binghamton Senators make their only regular-season visit to Hartford, for a 5:00 faceoff. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 20

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 20

1 – Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) – Gropp registered a multi-point game in each of the first four games he played last week, recording nine points (three goals, six assists) over the span. He extended his point streak to a career-high, 16 games before the streak ended in Seattle’s final game of the week on Feb. 19 at Portland.

During his 16-game point streak, Gropp…

  • Registered 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-21 rating
  • Recorded 26 primary points (either a goal or the primary assist on a goal); 12 of his 21 assists were primary assists
  • Posted a six-game assist streak (Jan. 21 – Jan. 31), a seven-game assist streak (Feb. 8 – Feb. 18), and an eight-game goal streak (Feb. 3 – Feb. 14)
  • Recorded 11 multi-point games, including eight consecutive multi-point games from Feb. 7 – Feb. 18
  • Posted a plus-one rating or better in 13 contests

In addition, the Rangers’ second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in 21 of the last 23 contests, registering 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-28 rating in those 23 games. Gropp leads Seattle in points (65), is tied for the team lead in goals (25), and ranks second in assists (40) this season, and he has established his WHL career-high in assists in 2016-17. Continue reading

KOHLER: PACK DROP ANOTHER – THIS ONE TO SPRINGFIELD

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Springfield Thunderbirds 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 19, 2017Justin Fontaine and Steven Kampfer scored first-period goals for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center,  but goaltender Mike McKenna and the Springfield Thunderbirds were able to fend off Hartford’s offensive attack for the remainder of the game, to earn a 4-2 victory.

The Thunderbirds did not take long to open the scoring, as just 1:07 into the contest, Mackenzie Weegar fired a shot from the right point after taking a pass from Jayce Hawryluk. The puck that found its way past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (23 saves).

At 3:41, Hartford’s Adam Chapie caused a Thunderbird turnover and fired a beautiful outlet pass to Fontaine to create a breakaway opportunity for the Pack. Fontaine was able to corral the puck and send it to the front of the cage, where it was ultimately deflected by Springfield defender Mike Downing’s skate into the back of the net to even the score at one. Continue reading

RANGERS FLATTEN HOT CAPS AT GARDEN

   Game Summary                             WSH: P. Grubauer (L)   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)        Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 38 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the most the team has earned through the first 58 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 38 wins through the first 58 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17). As of the conclusion of today’s game, the Rangers rank third in the NHL in wins this season and are the only NHL team that has earned at least 19 wins both at home and on the road in 2016-17. New York has won seven of its last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of its last 13 games (10-3-0). Continue reading

RANGERS AND CAPS MIX IT UP ON SUNDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 37-19-1 (75 pts)
Capitals: 39-11-6 (84 pts)*

* Washington plays against the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon in Detroit prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow

BY: The New York Rangers 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 58th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 19, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m. ET – TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven games (6-1-0), as well as nine of their last 12 contests (9-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 37-19-1 record this season.

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 95-91-18-7 (51-41-9-4 at home; 44-50-9-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts defeated the Capitals, 4-2, in the first meeting between the two teams on Oct. 22 at Washington. Jimmy Vesey recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal, in the contest. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers and Capitals will face each other on the following dates: Feb. 28 (at MSG), Apr. 5 (at Washington).
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 17 of their last 24 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (15-7-2). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least one point in eight of their last 11 contests against the Capitals (7-3-1).
  • The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in nine of their last 11 games against Washington.

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TOSTI: RABBITS AND ‘BLADES LOOK TO MIX IT UP AT HOME


Preview: Swamp Rabbits Prepare for Heavyweight Bout with Everblades

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BY: BRIAN TOSTI – Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (27-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, meet a divisional rival tonight on the Sandlapper Securities Rink seeking a seventh straight win on home ice. The Florida Everblades (33-9-2-3) are atop the ECHL’s Eastern Conference with 71 points and are the only team not to reach ten regulation losses at this point in the season. The Swamp Rabbits have won four straight and are tied for third in the tightly wound South Division. Greenville begins a set of two games with Florida following a 4-3 overtime win against Manchester on Thursday night. Leading scorer Angelo Miceli netted the game-tying and game-winning goals in that game and leads the Swamp Rabbits with 46 points (12G, 34A). The Everblades leading scorer is Brant Harris, who has earned 56 points (22G, 34A) this season. Continue reading

ISLANDERS SNEAK PAST RANGERS ON THE HORRIBLE “ICE” IN BROOKLYN

    Game Summary               NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)  NYI: T. Greiss (W)      Event Summary

–        THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Rangers tallied one goal in the third period of tonight’s game. The Blueshirts lead the NHL in third-period goals in 2016-17 (80), and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers are the only NHL team that has recorded at least 80 goals in any period thus far this season.
–        ON POINT – Rangers defensemen tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight’s game and have registered nine points (four goals, five assists) over the last three games.
–        KILL ZONE – The Blueshirts were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal against in nine of the last 12 games, including each of the last three games.
–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 27 shots on goal in tonight’s game, and 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the contest.
–        BLOCK PARTY – The Blueshirts were credited with 20 blocked shots in tonight’s contest, and five of the Rangers’ six defensemen recorded at least two blocked shots. Continue reading

WHILE RANGERS LOOK TO WIN 7TH STRAIGHT, ISLES LOOK SEE IT AS GAME 7

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Rangers: 37-18-1 (75 pts)
Islanders: 25-20-10 (60 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 57th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 16, against the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Barclays Center (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a six-game winning streak, which is their longest winning streak of the season. In addition, New York has won nine of its last 11 contests (9-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 37-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

MAKE THAT SIX STRAIGHT FOR THE BLUESHIRTS

    Game Summary                            NYR: A. Raanta (W)   CBJ: S. Bobrovsky (L)                 Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 37 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most the team has earned through the first 56 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 37 wins through the first 56 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only season in which the team earned more than 37 wins through the first 56 games was 1972-73 (38). The Rangers extended their winning streak to six games, which is their longest winning streak of the season. In addition, New York has won nine of its last 11 games (9-2-0). The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in wins this season.

–        ROAD WARRIORSNew York leads the NHL in road wins this season (19) and also leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (91). The Rangers have earned 19 wins within their first 26 road games of one season for the first time in franchise history. In addition, the Rangers’ 91 road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season are the most road wins the team has earned in any four-season span in franchise history. The Rangers have won eight of their last nine road games (8-1-0). The Blueshirts have also earned a win in 18 of their last 23 road contests (18-5-0), including 12 of their last 14 road games (12-2-0). New York has won each of its last four road contests, allowing five goals over the span.

–        THREE’S COMPANY – The Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller registered three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight’s contest. The trio has recorded 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in four games since Hayes returned to the lineup, and a member of the line has registered seven of the Rangers’ 15 goals over the span.

–        GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in each of the last five games, in six of the last seven games, & in 37 of 56 games in 2016-17.

–        TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in eight of the last 11 games and in 34 of 56 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 29-4-1 record in those 34 contests in 2016-17.

–        FABULOUS FEBRUARY – The Blueshirts have posted a 26-5-3 record in 34 games in February since the start of the 2014-15 season, including a 6-0-0 record in games in February this season.

–        SPECIAL TEAMSNew York outscored Columbus, 1-0, on special teams in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in 21 games this season and have posted a 17-4-0 record in those contests. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 31-8-0 record in games which they either outscored or tied their opponent on special teams in 2016-17.

–        KILL ZONE – New York was 4-for-4 (6:45) on the penalty kill and tallied a shorthanded goal in the contest. The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead – and lead the Eastern Conference – in shorthanded goals this season (eight).

–        ONE AND WON – Nine of the Rangers’ last 15 games have been decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 7 at Columbus. The Rangers have won each of the last six games they have played which were decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 22 at Detroit. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 15-7-1 record in one-goal games this season.

–        DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – New York has posted a 14-11-0 record in games which the opponent has tallied the first goal in 2016-17. The Rangers’ 14 wins when allowing the first goal of the game rank third in the NHL this season.

–        THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Blueshirts registered two goals in the third period of tonight’s game. The Rangers lead the NHL in third-period goals in 2016-17 (79). The Rangers’ 79 third-period goals are the most a team has registered in any period thus far this season.

–        Jimmy Vesey recorded the game-winning goal, tied for the game-high with two hits, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He is tied for second among NHL rookies in game-winning goals this season (four), and he also ranks second on the Rangers in game-winning goals in 2016-17. He is the first Ranger who has registered four game-winning goals in his rookie season since Nigel Dawes in 2007-08. In addition, Vesey has tallied each of his last two goals against the Blue Jackets.

–        Antti Raanta stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced, including 24 of 25 shots he faced over the final two periods, to earn his 11th win of the season. Raanta also recorded 11 wins in his first season with the Rangers in 2015-16. Raanta has posted an 11-3-0 record, along with a 2.11 GAA, a .928 SV%, and 2 SO in 16 starts this season, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of the 16 starts. In addition, he has made at least 30 saves in 19 games in his NHL career; he has posted a 16-2-1 record, along with a 1.95 GAA, a .946 SV%, and 2 SO in those 19 appearances.

–        Kevin Hayes tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including a shorthanded assist, tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, and won six of 11 faceoffs (54.5%) in 18:41 of ice time. He leads the NHL in shorthanded assists (five) and shorthanded points (six) this season. He is the first Ranger who has recorded at least five shorthanded assists in one season since Mark Messier in 1996-97 (six), and he is the first Blueshirt who has recorded at least six shorthanded points in one season since Brandon Prust in 2010-11 (seven). Hayes extended his point streak to four games (two goals, five assists over the span). In addition, he is one assist, two goals, and three points away from tying his career-high in each category. The Rangers have posted a 26-2-0 record in games which Hayes has recorded a point this season, including a 13-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a goal in 2016-17.

–        Alain Vigneault earned his 181st career win as the Rangers’ Head Coach in tonight’s contest, tying Frank Boucher for third place on the franchise’s all-time wins list among head coaches. The only head coaches who have earned more wins with the Rangers than Vigneault are Emile Francis and Lester Patrick. Since Vigneault became the Rangers’ Head Coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Rangers are tied for the NHL lead – and lead the Eastern Conference – in wins.

–        Dan Girardi registered a shorthanded goal, tied for the team-high with three blocked shots, and recorded two shots on goal in 16:22 of ice time. He is the first Rangers defenseman who has tallied a shorthanded goal since Ryan McDonagh on Mar. 7, 2014 at Carolina. Girardi ranks second among Rangers defensemen in goals this season (four), and he has tallied a point in two of his last three games (one goal, one assist).

–        J.T. Miller recorded an assist and won three of six faceoffs (50.0%) in 19:23 of ice time. He recorded his first career shorthanded assist in tonight’s game, and he ranks fourth in the NHL in shorthanded points this season (four; three goals, one assist). Miller extended his point streak to seven games, tying his career-high (two goals, nine assists over the span). He has also registered a point in 17 of the last 19 games, recording 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in those contests. Miller has established career-highs in assists (28) and points (46) this season, and he leads the Rangers in points in 2016-17. Miller has tallied a point in 29 of the Rangers’ 37 wins this season, and the Blueshirts have posted a 29-5-0 record in games which he has recorded a point in 2016-17.

–        Derek Stepan tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-one rating in 20:18 of ice time. Stepan leads the Rangers in primary assists this season (21). He has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists) and has recorded 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in the last 23 contests.

–        Nick Holden recorded an assist on the game-winning goal while skating in a team-high 23:56 of ice time. He is tied for first among Rangers defensemen in even strength points this season (22). In addition, Holden has recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 24 games, including 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last 20 games.

–        Jesper Fast was credited with two blocked shots while skating in his 200th career NHL game.

 

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 14): Team is OFF
Wednesday, Feb. 15: Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center
Next Game: Thursday, Feb. 16 at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)