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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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RANGERS: OUT RUNNING WITH THE DEVILS

Post Game NotesCaptureBY: The New York Rangers Box ScoreCapture OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS              GOALIES                                                                                              Game Summary                                     NJD: C. Schneider (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)                    Event Summary
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–        HOME COOKING – The Rangers extended their home winning streak to five games and their home point streak to eight games (7-0-1). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 11 home contests (9-1-1) and have posted a 19-4-1 record in their last 24 home games. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 21 of their last 25 home games (19-4-2) and in 22 of 27 home games in 2015-16 (20-5-2). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers have earned at least 20 wins in their first 27 home games of a season for the second time in franchise history (1972-73; 21-5-1). New York is tied for second in the NHL – and is tied for first among Eastern Conference teams – in wins and points at home this season. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 9-14, 2016

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (24-21-2-0, 50 pts., .532 pts. percentage) came out of the AHL All-Star break Friday night with their most convincing victory of the season, a 5-0 road shutout of the Portland Pirates. Magnus Hellberg made a Wolf Pack season-high 35 saves in that game for his third whitewash of the season, and Tommy Hughes and Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist apiece. It was the Wolf Pack offense that ran dry Saturday night in Albany, though, as former Wolf Pack goaltender Yann Danis blanked Hartford in a 3-0 verdict for the Devils.  That was just the second loss in the last 12 games for the Wolf Pack, who have climbed to within three points of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 1 – FEB. 7

Prospect ReportNEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 1 – FEB. 7

Three Stars of the week

  1. Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA-Neva (VHL) – Shesterkin posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 1.34 GAA, a .945 SV%, and 1 SO in three appearances with SKA-Neva during the week. In his last 29 appearances (KHL and VHL combined), the Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 20-6-3 record, along with a 1.44 GAA, a .946 SV%, and 7 SO. Shesterkin has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last 22 appearances in the VHL.
  2. Aleksi Saarela, C, Ässät (Liiga) – Saarela recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in three games during the week. The Rangers’ third round pick (89th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 19 points (13 goals, six assists) in his last 22 games in Liiga. Saarela has also notched 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) and has posted a plus-11 rating in 39 games in Liiga this season. He leads all players younger than 20 years old in Liiga in goals in 2015-16.
  3. Robin Kovacs, RW, AIK (Allsvenskan) – Kovacs registered three points (one goal, two assists) on Feb. 5 against VIK Hockey. The Rangers’ third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has established Allsvenskan career-highs in goals (18), assists (12), and points (30). Kovacs has played in 14 fewer games this season than he did in 2014-15, when he tallied 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists) in 52 games. He leads all players younger than 20 years old in Allsvenskan in goals and points this season. In addition, Kovacs is tied for fifth in the league in goals in 2015-16.

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CANTLON: PACK SHUT OUT BY DEVILS (SATURDAY)

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

ALBANY, NY The Hartford Wolf Pack force met the unmovable object called the Albany Devils.

The Devils stingy defense and solid goaltending by former Wolf Pack netminder, Yann Danis, earned their fifth shutout of the season, 3-0 Saturday night before 8,124 at the Times Union Center.

The Wolf Pack’s record drops to 24-21-2-0 (50 points) remain in sixth place in the Atlantic Division and ninth in the conference. The New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates return to the XL Center on Friday night against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins before heading to Bridgeport Saturday night for a battle with the Sound Tigers and end their three-in-three weekend with the Rochester Americans on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm. Albany’s record advances to 26-12-7-0 (59 points)and they are now second in the North Division and third in the conference standings. Continue reading

RANGERS: LOOKING FOR A THIRD STRAIGHT AGAINST DEBBIES

Rangers Game PreviewNEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers:
 29-18-5 (63 pts)
Devils: 26-20-7 (59 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 53rd game of the 2015-16 season tomorrow, Feb. 8, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division match-up at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts are in second place in the Metropolitan Division. New York has won each of its last two games, three of its last four games (3-1-0), and five of its last seven games (5-2-0). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 17 games (10-6-1), including 10 of their last 15 games (9-5-1) and nine of their last 13 games (8-4-1). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 29-18-5 record this season (63 points). Continue reading

FUEHRING: RABBITS MELT IN SUN LOSE 5-2 SATURDAY

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SWAMP RABBITS FALL TO SOLAR BEARS 5-2

Saponari and Nicholls score on special teams in setback to Orlando

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Orlando, FL – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (22-19-6), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, completed their five-game road trip on Saturday with a 5-2 loss to the Orlando Solar Bears (18-19-6) at the Amway Center.

Vinny Saponari and Josh Nicholls each scored on special teams for Geenville, while Ryan Massa halted 38 shots between the pipes for Orlando.

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