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THE BATTLE OF CAM VS. HENRIK CONTINUES

TODAY’S GAME
The Rangers play their 18th game of the 2017-18 season and conclude a three-game homestand today, Nov. 11, against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a five-game winning streak and have also won seven of their last nine contests (7-2-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of their last 11 games (7-2-2 record).

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
Throughout today’s game, the Rangers will pay tribute to the military in several ways while holding “Military Appreciation Day”. As part of this special day, Rangers players will be wearing camouflage jerseys and using camouflage tape on their sticks during warmups. These items will be auctioned off to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project, a partner of the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

LAST GAME
Nov. 8, Rangers 4 vs. Bruins 2 – Pavel Buchnevich opened the scoring at 9:53 of the first period. The Bruins tied the contest 21 seconds after Buchnevich scored, but Jimmy Vesey tallied two goals in a span of 29 seconds to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Boston cut its deficit to one in the third period, but Rick Nash‘s empty-net goal with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation helped the Rangers earn the win. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in the contest.

Shots: NYR – 33; BOS – 33
PP: NYR – 0-1/0:38; BOS – 0-4/6:38
3 Stars: 1. H. Lundqvist (NYR); 2. J. Vesey (NYR); 3. P. Bergeron (BOS)

RANGERS VS. OILERS

All-Time: 31-30-9-2 (14-16-6-1 at home; 17-14-3-1 on the road)
2017-18: Today’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Oilers, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today’s contest, the Rangers and Oilers will play against each other on the following date: Mar. 3 (at Edmonton).

2016-17: The Rangers posted a 2-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). The Blueshirts outscored the Oilers, 8-4, in the season series and tallied at least three goals in both contests. Michael Grabner (three goals, one assist) and Kevin Hayes (one goal, three assists) tied for first among all skaters with four points in the season series.

The Rangers have won each of their last three games against the Oilers, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015. New York’s three-game winning streak against Edmonton is tied for its longest against the Oilers in franchise history.

RANGERS-OILERS CONNECTIONS

  • Glen Sather served as the Oilers President and General Manager from 1980-81 – 1999-00. In addition, Sather was Edmonton’s Head Coach for parts of 11 seasons in the NHL (1979-80; 1980-81 – 1988-89; 1993-94), as well as parts of three seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1976-77 – 1978-79. Sather also played one season with the Oilers in the WHA (1976-77). The Oilers honored Sather by raising a banner to go alongside their retired jerseys on Dec. 11, 2015.
  • David Desharnais played a part of one season with Edmonton (2016-17).
  • Cam Talbot played two seasons with the Rangers (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • Rick Nash (2002), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), and Connor McDavid (2015) were selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft.
  • Nick Holden is a native of St. Albert, Alberta.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. OILERS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 9 GP, 4-2-2, 2.55 GAA, .906 SV%, 1 SO – Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last three decisions against Edmonton, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in six of nine career appearances against the Oilers.
  • Rick Nash – 42 GP, 17-18-35 – Nash enters the contest with a five-game point streak against the Oilers (three goals, five assists), and he has recorded a goal in three of the last four contests against Edmonton. He has also tallied 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his last nine games against Edmonton.
  • Mats Zuccarello – 8 GP, 4-5-9 – Zuccarello has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games against Edmonton and he has posted three multi-point games in eight career contests against the Oilers.
  • Michael Grabner – 11 GP, 4-4-8 – Grabner has tallied a goal and posted a multi-point game in each of the last two games against the Oilers (three goals, one assist), and he has notched six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven contests against Edmonton.

RANGERS’ ELEVEN

Over the last 11 games (Since Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh), the Rangers are tied for third in the NHL in wins (seven), rank third in the NHL in points (16; 7-2-2 record), and rank second in the NHL in goals (43).

HIGH FIVE

The Rangers enter the contest with a season-high five-game winning streak, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. Vegas. The Blueshirts’ five-game winning streak is the longest active winning streak in the NHL, and it is also tied for the longest winning streak any team has posted in 2017-18.
During the five-game winning streak…

  • The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 22-14
  • The Rangers have tallied at least five goals in three of the five games
  • Ten different skaters have recorded a goal and 15 different skaters have tallied a point
  • Eight different skaters have registered four or more points

GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have registered at least three goals in nine of the last 11 games, including four or more goals in eight of those contests (43 goals over the span), and 14 different Blueshirts have tallied a goal in the 11 contests. New York has recorded at least four goals in six of the last seven games (31 goals over the span) & at least five goals in three of the last five contests (22 goals in the five games).

HOME COOKING

New York has won each of its last four home games, dating back to Oct. 26 vs. Arizona. The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 20-11, in the four games and have recorded at least four goals in each of the four contests.

YOUTH SERVED

Through 17 games this season, 27 of the Rangers’ 56 goals (48.2%) have been registered by players who are 25 years old or younger (Zibanejad – eight; Buchnevich – seven; Vesey – four; Hayes – three; Miller – three; Skjei – two).

ON POINT

The Rangers are the only NHL team that has two defensemen who have tallied 10 or more assists this season (McDonagh – 11; Shattenkirk – 11). Prior to this season, the last time the Rangers had two defensemen who registered 11 or more assists through the first 17 games of a season was 1993-94 (Leetch – 14; Zubov – 13).

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault earned his 200th career win as the Rangers’ Head Coach on Nov. 8 vs. Boston, and he became the third head coach to earn 200 career wins with the Blueshirts in franchise history (Emile Francis – 342; Lester Patrick). Vigneault also earned his 621st career win as an NHL head coach on Nov. 6 vs. Columbus, passing Bryan Murray for sole possession of 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list among head coaches.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last five appearances, and he has made at least 30 saves in five of his last 10 appearances.

SHATT STATS

Kevin Shattenkirk enters the contest with a six-game point streak (three goals, six assists over the span). He leads NHL defensemen in primary assists (eight) and primary points (13; five goals and eight primary assists on a goal) and is tied for first among NHL defensemen in points (16) this season. Shattenkirk has recorded a point in 12 of 17 games this season, including an assist in 10 contests; he leads NHL defensemen in games with a point and is tied for first among NHL defensemen in games with an assist. He is tied for second among NHL defensemen in goals (five) and is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in assists (11) in 2017-18.

MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad established a single-game career-high with three assists (all on the power play) on Nov. 6 vs. Columbus. He became the first Ranger to register three power play assists in one game since Brandon Dubinsky and Jaromir Jagr on Dec. 29, 2007.

Zibanejad leads the Rangers in goals (eight) and points (18) this season, and he is one of three NHL players who has tallied 18 or more points and has not been assessed a penalty this season (Mark Scheifele and Anze Kopitar). Prior to Zibanejad, the last Ranger who had tallied at least 18 points and had not taken a penalty through the first 17 games of a season was Wayne Gretzky in 1996-97.

IT’S MILLER TIME

J.T. Miller tied single-game career-highs with three assists and three points and notched an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime on Nov. 4 at Florida. He has registered seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last six games and 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in the last 12 games. Miller leads the Rangers in assists this season (12).

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (five assists). He has recorded eight assists/points in the last
seven games and 10 assists/points in the last 11 contests. He is tied for first among NHL defensemen in even strength assists (nine), is
tied for second among NHL defensemen in primary assists (seven), and is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in assists (11) in
2017-18.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

The Rangers were 0-for-1 (0:38) on Nov. 8 vs. Boston.
The Blueshirts rank fifth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (23.8%; 15-for-63).
The Rangers are 4-for-9 (44.4%) over the last three games and 7-for-20 (35.0%) over the last six games.
New York has tallied a power play goal in four of the last six games and in nine of 17 games this season.

Penalty Kill:

The Rangers were 4-for-4 (6:38) on Nov. 8 vs. Boston.
New York ranks 11th in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (82.5%; 47-for-57).
The Rangers have killed off 40 of their opponents’ last 46 power play opportunities (87.0%), including each of their opponents’ last 17 power play opportunities.
The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal in each of the last five games (12-for-12) and in seven of the last nine games (25-for-27; 92.6%).

UPCOMING MILESTONES
Jimmy Vesey – 3 games away from 100 in his NHL career

INJURIES (8 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
None

RANGERS CRUSH STEPAN AND HIS COYOTES AT MSG

   Game Summary                      ARI: A Hill (L)   NYR: O. Pavelec (W)                       Event Summary

–       POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least one point in four of their last five games, dating back to Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh (2-1-2 record over the span). The Blueshirts have also earned a win in two of their last three contests (2-1-0 record over the three games). The Rangers have earned at least one point in five of nine games at MSG in 2017-18.

–       WHAT A LINE – The Michael Grabner-Boo Nieves-Pavel Buchnevich line registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in tonight’s game, and at least one of the three players recorded each of the team’s final four goals in the contest.

–       HIGH FIVE – New York tied a single-game season-high with five goals in tonight’s contest.

–       GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts have recorded at least three goals in four of their last five games, and have registered at least four goals in three of the contests. The Rangers have tallied 17 goals over the last five contests. In addition, the Rangers have averaged 3.04 goals per game at MSG since the start of last season (152 goals in regulation/overtime in 50 games over the span). Continue reading

RANGERS ASSIGN TONY DEANGELO TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN TONY DEANGELO TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, October 24, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned Tony DeAngelo to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

DeAngelo, 22, has skated in eight games with the Rangers this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. He made his Rangers debut on Oct. 5 vs. Colorado, and he tallied his first assist/point as a Ranger on Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh.

CANTLON: (SUN) PACK BEAT PHANTOMS IN A SHOOTOUT GET FIRST WIN

WOLF Pack Beat Phantoms In A Shootout FOR FIRst Win

      VERSUS      

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It took a little extra time for the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon to earn their first win of the season as it took Adam Tambellini’s shootout attempt to win it, 2-1.

The goal came as a result of a last second decision by Tambellini.

As Tambellini came down the slot, he began to lose control of the puck, but he recovered on the backhand switched to his forehand and left goaltender Alex Lyon on his face on the ice. It was the only puck to score during the shootout.

“That was all planned, all planned,” Tambellini said with a wry smile. “I worked on the move in the off-season and wanted to give it a go and it worked out.”

Chris Nell (28 saves) sealed the deal stopping the third Phantoms attempt from Phil Varone. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS HOME SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 17-18 SEASON

Home Schedule Announced for 2017-18 Season

A full reveal of the Swamp Rabbits regular season schedule at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are pleased to announce the full home schedule for the 2017-18 regular season. Including the 2017 Home Opener on October 13th, the Swamp Rabbits will play a complete 36 game schedule on the Sandlapper Securities Rink.

Click here for the complete 2017-18 Swamp Rabbits home schedule.

The Swamp Rabbits will once again host the South Carolina Stingrays and Atlanta Gladiators more than any other opponent in the ECHL. The Stingrays and Gladiators will each appear at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena seven times, making up over a third of Greenville’s schedule in the Upstate. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS HOME OPENER ON FRIDAY THE 13th (OCTOBER)

The eighth season of Swamp Rabbits Hockey begins with the…

2017 Home Opener – Friday, October 13th

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are pleased to announce that the 2017 Home Opener has been scheduled for Friday, October 13th.

The Swamp Rabbits will host the Wheeling Nailers to begin the 2017-18 regular season on the Sandlapper Securities Rink. When the puck drops, the Swamp Rabbits will begin the team’s eighth campaign in the Upstate, in pursuit of a second straight trip to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

More information on the 2017-18 regular season schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, including a full release of Greenville’s 36 home games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Stay tuned to SwampRabbits.com for more information.

TOSTI: 2016-17 GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS SEASON IN REVIEW

2016-17 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Season

in Review

Complete season recap of record-breaking year in the Upstate

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, concluded the seventh season in franchise history earning a playoff berth for the first time since 2014. The Swamp Rabbits captured home ice advantage in the first round of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs by achieving 40 wins for the third time in franchise history and accumulating the third-highest point total since returning to Greenville.

REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Overall: 40-26-5-1 | Home: 22-10-3-1 | Away: 18-6-2-0 Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE FUTURE OF THE XL CENTER IS DOWN TO THE HOME STRETCH

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE FUTURE OF THE XL CENTER IS DOWN TO THE HOME STRETCH

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It’s an off-season of apprehension and happiness at the XL Center.

The apprehension factor just got a bit higher last week.

A key legislative committee for the state legislature that approves large-scale capital development projects, The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, made a recommendation to approve just $70 million over the next two years ($40 million in 2018 and $30 million in 2019). The original request was for $125 million, or half of the total $250 million said to be needed to renovate the 42-year-old building.

This procedural vote still must go to the full General Assembly for approval. Currently, the state has no place in the budget and the current negotiations are, not surprisingly, acrimonious and have broken down. The budget gap over the last year, seems to always be a floating number, has dipped even further into the red for this year. The State Budget office estimates the deficit has escalated for 2018 to a projected $2.3 billion and $2.7 billion in 2019.

CRDA Executive Director Michael W. Freimuth, despite not getting the result he wanted, maintains his confidence that this is the fifth inning of a nine-inning game.

“This is one step in the budget process. It does have to go before the General Assembly to be voted on and accepted by the Governor. There are a million moving pieces to the budget process. It’s not finished. It’s pretty obvious we have major budget issues ongoing. As of today, things are very unclear and we’re nowhere near close to final budget numbers. When the session ends then will be able to assess where we are and how to go forward.”

If the figure stays as is, and is not modified in any way, for Freimuth, it will represent a small victory in a very long-term strategy that has been structured because of the state economics.

“We have always thought this to be a four-year project,” Freimuth said. “The first year would be planning, design, and cost analysis needs to be done. This level of funding could allow that to start. Clearly, next year is absolutely critical. It’s when we have to prepare and begin the true, heavy lifting. The construction part needs to begin, and yes, we have to have the funding in place. We also have the expiration of contracts with our two main tenants, MSG and UCONN. That adds pressure to the situation no question.”

Freimuth admitted the budget battle, as well as the questions and concerns from the state legislators regarding the project, have now given the CRDA a new element to add to the equation—private financing.

“Given the economic realities we have before us, we are going to be studying and looking at our options in (the private financing) area. We are going to see what the marketplace is for this, and how it could be incorporated as part of this project.”

The state budget shortfall for the current fiscal year has now ballooned to $389.5 million after the April tax deadlines. This reflects a sharp decline in revenue for state government whose current budget year ends June 30th. The current legislative session is to end in little over a month from now, on June 7th. Continue reading

RD 1: GAME THREE AT MSG SUNDAY NIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-1
Canadiens: 1-1

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found HERE:

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece, following Montreal’s 4-3 win in overtime in Game 2 at Bell Centre.

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS – PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Rangers are facing the Canadiens in a playoff series for the 16th time in franchise history. New York has won eight of 15 all-time playoff series against Montreal. The Blueshirts have played more playoff series and have won more playoff series against Montreal than against any other NHL opponent in franchise history. The two teams are meeting in a playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final in 2014 when the Rangers defeated the Canadiens, four games to two. Continue reading

ARE YOU READY FOR RANGERS PLAYOFF HOCKEY

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell CentreMontreal, QC
Rangers: 48-28-6 (102 pts)*
Canadiens: 47-26-9 (103 pts)*

* Records are from the 2016-17 regular season

BY: The New York Rangers

The NY Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found at the following link: HERE 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 12, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts concluded the 2016-17 regular season with a 48-28-6 record (102 points). Continue reading