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RANGERS TO BATTLE THE BLUES AT MSG TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-2-0 (2 pts)
Blues: 3-0-0 (6 pts) 

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide is at the following link: HERE

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their fourth game of the 2017-18 season today, Oct. 10, against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including today’s game, the Rangers will play seven of their next eight games at MSG.

RANGERS VS. BLUES

  • All-Time: 79-43-16-1 (47-13-6-1 at home; 32-30-10-0 on the road)
  • 2017-18: Today’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Blues, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today’s contest, the Rangers and Blues will play against each other on the following date: Mar. 17 (at St. Louis).
  • 2016-17: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 1.52 GAA, a .943 SV%, and 1 SO in two appearances in the season series, and he earned his 60th career NHL shutout on Nov. 1, 2016, against the Blues at MSG. Chris Kreider led all skaters with three assists and four points in the season series, while Jimmy Vesey and Mika Zibanejad each recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in two contests.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in five of their last six games against the Blues, dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season (4-1-1 record over the span).
  • Dating back to Nov. 3, 2002, 15 of 19 meetings between the Rangers and St. Louis, the margin of victory was two or fewer goals. Also, 13 of those contests have been decided by one goal or fewer.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: WHALER ALUMNI NIGHT AT YARD GOATS

CANTLON’S CORNER:

WHALER ALUMNI NIGHT AT YARD GOATS

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTLast Saturday night, the baseball’s local entrant in the Eastern League, the Hartford Yard Goats, paid tribute to the Hartford Whalers by giving them a tribute night on their home field, Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

The Yard Goats brought in not only former Whalers but professional hockey players from Connecticut. It was a major success all the way around. Players, fans, and media members all enjoyed a well-handled event that was promoted by the team the entire week.

The Yard Goats did everything first class. There was a charity luncheon at noon. A pre-game autograph signing session, and a first pitch toss, as well as numerous videos, played throughout the park on the concourse TV screens, by the clubhouse and on the giant left field scoreboard. Of course, “Brass Bonanza” was played every time the Yard Goats scored.

One of the engineers of the event who put it together just over the past few months was former Whaler, Bob Crawford. He stayed and raised his kids in Connecticut after his playing days ended and he’s kept his pulse on hockey here. He was proud to be involved in any Whaler alumni event.                  (Bob Crawford)

“The Yard Goats have been professional about this since Day One. Having been around sports, from the playing and business side of things, this was a first-class event. We started a bit late, and we had to scramble around to get phone numbers, but once we asked guys if their schedule allowed for it, they were ready and willing to come.”

For Crawford, this is just the beginning, not the end or a one-off event.

“We talked with guys just today at the luncheon, and we’re already ready for next year. Now we’ll have the time to incorporate more players, ideas, and events surrounding this. This was meant to start something and keep the Whaler name going in this community, which you can see from this turnout, but it’s to help charities we care about and promote hockey in Connecticut. This is a very good first step to use the good things to keep this in the community and expand it.”

When asked about his favorite memory of his time playing in Hartford, Crawford didn’t hesitate, “The games with the Bruins and Canadians were always big. Watching the team, the year I got here (1983) when they were coming off a season when they were the worst team in the NHL the year before. They would rebuild and progress to become one of the better teams in the conference, and I left just before they hit their peak. It was fun to see that transformation and the community support and pride then.”

His partner, the past twenty years in developing junior hockey in Connecticut, was also a big part of this day. Dan McCarthy, who, like Crawford, is a fellow Canadian, but who recently became a US citizen, was a former pro hockey player in New Haven and Springfield. He scored four goals in his five NHL games has been very active in hockey in the state was blown away by the event.

“I have been to a few events like this. The Yard Goats went above and beyond and ran this as it’s supposed to be first class. I am not a former Whaler player but did play some pro hockey and to be a part of this was a thrill to see some guys I grew up with and played against…It was an amazing day for me.”

McCarthy and his wife Lori, who worked in minor league baseball with the New Haven Ravens, are both enthusiastic supporters of minor league sports in Connecticut. McCarthy was particularly impressed with the work of the Yards Goats’ Dean Zappalorti, who serves as the Executive Director of Corporate Partnership.

“Dean and his entire staff are to be congratulated. They did well by us, the fans and the Hartford community. To keep the Whaler name and the community thriving, its great events like this, that will help things grow for everybody in this area.” Continue reading

TOSTI: GAME 4: SWAMP RABBITS LOOK TO RESPOND ON THE ROAD

GAME 4: SWAMP Rabbits Look to Respond on the Road

Greenville’s 2-1 series lead on the line in North Charleston tonight as the puck drops for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are back in action tonight for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal in North Charleston, SC. After Greenville took a 2-0 advantage in the series, South Carolina responded on home ice to earn a 6-0 win last night. Parker Milner earned a shutout in the game and Rob Flick led the scoring charge with two goals. After last night’s contest, the teams are even with 10 goals each in the series. Greenville and South Carolina will see each other for the 18th time this season and the tenth time in the Low Country. The Swamp Rabbits completed the regular season with a 3-4-1-0 record in North Charleston and 5-7-1-1 overall mark against their intra-state rival. Greenville has only lost back-to-back playoff games seven times in franchise history and is 9-6-1 following a postseason loss. Continue reading

CANTLON: WOLF PACK LOSE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON

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Wolf Pack Lose Last Game of the Season

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Mercifully, the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s 20th Anniversary season came to an end on Saturday night in a blistering 5-1 loss to the host Springfield Thunderbirds, who won their fifth in a row at home, before 6,217, their third sellout of the season, at the Mass Mutual Center.

Down the stretch, the Wolf Pack efforts to avoid finishing dead last in the AHL never materialized. The season ended with a 24-46-4-2 record (54 points) both, sadly, franchise records.

The team ended the season with a five-game losing streak and went 3-8-0 in their last 11.  Since the trade deadline, over the final seven weeks of the regular season, The Pack won just six games.

“I really can’t put it into words right now. It’s been a very tough year,” said head coach Ken Gernander.

The Thunderbirds quickly built a 2-0 lead in the second period. Anthony Greco was down low on the right wing side and swept a shot that rookie goaltender Chris Nell made the initial save on, but with Paul Thompson in close taking a shot, he couldn’t contain the rebound. The puck popped loose to the red hot Jared McCann who was all alone in the slot. McCann popped in his fourth goal in two games and his 11th of the season at 1:26.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK BEGIN FINAL THREE

CANTLON’S CORNER: Pack begin Final Three

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT –  The Hartford Wolf Pack began their final three games of the regular season in Albany Wednesday night in a 6-3 loss in their last visit to the Times Union Center. The parent New Jersey Devils are moving the team to Binghamton next fall.

Even with the season winding down, the level of expectation from head coach Ken Gernander has not diminished. “You watch people who are good athletes, whether it be football, basketball, baseball, a gold course or racquetball, they find a way to compete and that’s what our guys are being asked to do.”

Gernander will be giving each of their three goalies a final game for the 2016-17 season. Magnus Hellberg, who was returned from the New York Rangers on Tuesday and who is fresh off of earning his first NHL win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday will get a game. Brandon Halverson, who was part of the 3-2 loss to the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport on Sunday and Chris Nell, who has recovered from his bout with the flu that ran through the team, will both get starts as well. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) WOLF PACK HOME FINALE

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Wolf Pack Home Finale

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT A strong second period by the league’s best team, the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in which they scored twice held up and ended the Wolf Pack’s home portion of their schedule with a 2-1 victory Saturday night.

The Wolf Pack power play undid the home team as they failed on six chances including a golden opportunity when the Penguins took a Too Many Men on the ice penalty at 17:36.

“It certainly wasn’t as good as yesterday,”Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “We started off on the wrong foot (on the first power play) and got out of our structure. Certainly, they have a good penalty kill, but you go down the ice, and you don’t have success once or twice, and now you start to press. Then somebody wants to be John Wayne and go end-to-end. That’s not the right format, and that took us out of our game and out of our rhythm. We talked between periods if the powerplay isn’t working we’ll change the structure, but we got to try it first.”

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CRAWFORD: PACK UNABLE TO KEEP ANY MOMENTUM AND FALL AGAIN

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Providence Bruins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Providence, RI, April 2, 2017 – Malte Stromwall’s late third-period goal for the Hartford Wolf Pack prevented a Zane McIntyre shutout Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, but that was the only one of 24 Wolf Pack shots to get by the Providence Bruin goaltender in a 4-1 Providence victory.

Alex Grant had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Jake DeBrusk, Peter Mueller, and Jordan Szwarz also scored.  Austin Czarnik had two assists.  Chris Nell made 36 saves in the Wolf Pack net.

After a scoreless first period, the Bruins would get three goals in a second session in which they outshot the Wolf Pack by a margin of 16-7.

Providence’s DeBrusk opened the scoring at the 4:57 mark, with his 16th goal of the season.  DeBrusk spun in the left-wing corner and stickhandled towards the front of the net, before putting a backhand shot along the ice past the glove side of Nell. Continue reading

RANGERS SERVING SUNDAY CHEESESTEAK

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 46-26-6 (98 pts)
Flyers: 38-32-8 (84 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 79th game of the 2016-17 season today, Apr. 2, against the Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in six of the last eight games, seven of the last 10 games, and nine of the last 13 contests. The Rangers have posted a 46-26-6 record this season.

RANGERS VS. FLYERS

  • All-Time: 129-114-37-8 (67-49-23-4 at home; 62-65-14-4 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Today’s game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Flyers, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 2-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts were defeated by the Flyers, 2-0, in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 25 at MSG. Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner, and J.T. Miller have each recorded three points in the season series, while Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.03 GAA and a .940 SV% in three appearances.
  • The Rangers have earned a win in five of their last six games against Philadelphia, dating back to Jan. 16, 2016 (5-1-0). The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 10 of their last 13 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 26, 2014 (9-3-1).
  • The Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 home games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011 (11-2-0).
  • The Blueshirts have registered a 21-7-1 record in their last 29 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 6, 2011. 

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CANTLON: (SUN) PACK DROP SUNDAY CONTEST TO PROVIDENCE

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Bruins Slip Past Wolf Pack 5-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Providence Bruins scored three goals in the second period allowing them to pull away from the Hartford Wolf Pack for a 5-2 victory at the XL Center on Sunday.

The Bruins record improves to 39-19-5-4 (87 points). The team put all three of their games this weekend, all in regulation, into the win column as they fight for the Atlantic Division’s final playoff spot. The Bruins are ahead of the Hershey Bears. a 2-1 winner over the IceCaps in St. John’s, in winning percentage with a .649 to .640 advantage. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost in overtime in Allentown, PA to the Phantoms 4-3 and now have a winning percentage of .614.

The Wolf Pack, the AHL cellar dwellers, drop to 22-39-4-2 (50 points) and a gruesome .373 winning percentage.

Trouble in the second period, in what has been a “Good-Pack/Bad-Pack” kind of season, was nothing short of ugly as once again, the team went down two goals in a matter of just SIX seconds. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS COMPLETE HUGE ROSTER MOVE

Swamp Rabbits Complete Huge Roster Move

Reinforcements join Swamp Rabbits from Hartford for post-season push in four-player transaction

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forward Adam Chapie and goaltender Mackenzie Skapski have been reassigned by the New York Rangers from Hartford to Greenville. In addition, defenseman Garrett Noonan has been loaned by Hartford to Greenville. In another transaction, goaltender Brandon Halverson has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Swamp Rabbits to the Wolf Pack.

The trio of players from Hartford rejoins the Swamp Rabbits with five games remaining in the regular season. Greenville ranks second in the South Division, seeking to solidify a spot in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Continue reading