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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

alan-fuehringSWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY

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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SCRIVENS: ENGSTROM, NWHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

NWHL 2NWHL NEWS: ENGSTROM NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Whale Defenseman Nets Overtime Winner To Defeat Beauts 3-2

BY: Jenny Scrivens, NWHL

New York, NY— The National Women’s Hockey League (www.nwhl.co) today announced that Connecticut Whale defenseman Molly Engstrom has been named Player of the Week.

Engstrom capitalized on a turnover in the Beauts’ zone and beat goaltender Brianne McLaughlin to end the game 2:08 into overtime. The game-winner put the Whale back atop league standings with 24 points.

Engstrom and the Connecticut Whale will face the Boston Pride on the road this Sunday at 3:00pm.

NWHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week 1 (October 11) – Kelli Stack, Connecticut Whale
Week 2 (October 18) – Zoe Hickel, Boston Pride
Week 3 (October 25) – Brianna Decker, Boston Pride
Week 4 (November 15) – Nana Fujimoto, New York Riveters
Week 5 (November 23) – Kelley Steadman, Buffalo Beauts
Week 6 (December 1) – Devon Skeats, Buffalo Beauts
Week 7 (December 8) – Jillian Dempsey, Boston Pride
Week 8 (December 15) – Shiann Darkangelo, Connecticut Whale
Week 9 (December 22) – Hilary Knight, Boston Pride
Week 10 (December 29) – Meghan Fardelmann, New York Riveters
Week 11 (January 3) – Megan Bozek, Buffalo Beauts
Week 12 (January 10) – Danielle Ward, Connecticut Whale
Week 13 (January 17) – Brianne McLaughlin, Buffalo Beauts
Week 14 (January 24) – n/a (All-Star Break)
Week 15 (February 1) – Kelley Steadman, Buffalo Beauts
Week 16 (February 8) – Molly Engstrom, Connecticut Whale

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.

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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