AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE APPROVES FORMATION OF PACIFIC DIVISION FOR 2015-16 SEASON
BY: Jason Chaimovitch, American Hockey League
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has formally and unanimously approved the steps necessary to create a Pacific Division within the AHL beginning with the 2015-16 season. Continue reading
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NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Canadiens: 30-13-3 (63 pts)
Rangers: 27-14-4 (58 pts)
BY: The New York Rangers
The Rangers begin a four-game homestand against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG 2; Radio: WOR 710 AM). The Blueshirts have won 20 of their last 27 games (20-7-0), including 18 of their last 24 games (18-6-0) and 16 of their last 20 contests (16-4-0). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 30 of their last 41 games (26-11-4), including 23 of their last 31 games (21-8-2). New York has posted a 27-14-4 record this season (58 pts), following a 4-1 loss against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Nassau Coliseum. The Canadiens enter the contest with a 30-13-3 record this season (63 pts), following a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Montreal. Continue reading
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Tagged Björk, Cameron Talbot, Carnegie Hall, David Krejčí, Getty Images, Henrik Lundqvist, National Hockey League, New York, New York City, New York Islanders
BY: Adam Gavriel, Special to Howlings
Last week Howlings looked into breaking down some possible forwards (HERE) the New York Rangers might consider targeting to acquire at the March 2nd trading deadline. Now, a look at who could be on the radar for the blueline.
Many believe another area the New York Rangers should target for improving is a 3LD. Matt Hunwick and John Moore have been underwhelming in that position, but the reality is that if they are going to get a trip down, “Hero’s Canyon” in late Spring, it’s a position that will need to be upgraded relatively cheaply given the lack of cap space and lack of trading depth.
As the deadline approaches, some names have emerged and are being bandied about as potential trade targets for the league. Some of those names include: Andrej Sekera (Carolina), Jake Gardiner (Toronto), Jeff Petry (Edmonton), and Marc Methot (Ottawa). Continue reading
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WOLF PACK CELEBRATE “HARTFORD HOCKEY HERITAGE WEEKEND” THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
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Saturday’s Game vs. Springfield Close to a Lower-Bowl Sellout
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
HARTFORD, January 27, 2015: The Hartford Wolf Pack will honor 40 years of pro hockey history in Hartford with a “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend” celebration at the team’s home games this Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31.
The Wolf Pack host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the XL Center on Friday night, and the Springfield Falcons visit on Saturday night. Both games face off at 7:00 PM. Continue reading
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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
The Hartford Wolf Pack came within inches of another late game heroic comeback, but ultimately fell short in a 3-2 loss in Syracuse to the Crunch on Saturday night. The loss, the first in regulation for the Pack in the last seven games in which they were 6-0-1, was the last for the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate before the league takes off for its All-Star Break.
The game winning goal came off the stick of that noted Wolf Pack thorn, Mike Angelidis. Continue reading
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Tagged American Hockey League, Connecticut Whale, Donald MacLean (ice hockey), Jeff Blashill, Los Angeles Kings, Mike Babcock, Minnesota Wild, National Hockey League, Robert Ouellet, Stephen Weiss
PARKES SCORES TWICE IN 3-2 OT LOSS TO ORLANDO
Road Warriors notch season-high 52 shots in setback to Solar Bears on Saturday
BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Road Warriors
ORLANDO, FL – For the second consecutive night, the Greenville Road Warriors (25-14-2), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, set a season high in shots (52) and battled back from a two-goal deficit in the third period, but suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to the Orlando Solar Bears (19-14-3) at the Amway Center.
Forward Trevor Parkes scored both goals for the Road Warriors, while Orlando netminder Garrett Sparks made a career-best 50 saves and set a Solar Bears single-game record for the second straight game. Continue reading
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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT - Dylan McIlrath’s wicked wrist-shot from the right circle with 5:44 remaining in the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Hartford Wolf Pack repeatedly came-from-behind for a wildly exciting 4-3 win over the Springfield Falcons before 5,917 at the XL Center Friday night.
McIlrath jumped into the play in the offensive zone, blocked an outlet pass, then came down the right wing into the face-off circle and fired a shot over the left shoulder of Falcons’ goaltender Anton Forsberg. Statistically, Forsberg is currently the third highest ranked netminder in the AHL.
Oscar Lindberg, the game’s first star, had two goals and an assist and Joey Crabb had the game tying goal that set up the heroics for McIlrath, and had two helpers as well. Kerby Rychel, the game’s third star, had two goals and an assist and Frederic St. Denis had two assists for the Falcons.
“I saw an opportunity and (Ryan) Bourque did a good job pressuring their D-man, went hard to the net and shot the puck,” a chuckling McIlrath said. McIlrath, the game’s second star, scored his second game winner in the past two weeks. “I know I have a good shot, but I’m not a, ‘shoot-first’ kind of guy. When you get those kind of opportunities its kind of nice.” Continue reading
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Tagged American Hockey League, Columbus Blue Jackets, Connecticut Whale, Dylan McIlrath, Frédéric St. Denis, Ken Gernander, Massachusetts, MassMutual Center, National Hockey League, Springfield, Springfield Falcons