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TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: Edition 17

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 17

Swamp Rabbits head into six-game road trip after tying longest win streak of the season

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Statement Week For Swamp Rabbits

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (28-19-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, started a week’s worth of home games against the North Division leading Manchester Monarchs and South Division leading Florida Everblades. Thursday night the Swamp Rabbits began the week with a teeter-totter matchup against Manchester. Trailing 3-2 in the final two minutes of regulation, Angelo Miceli netted the game-tying goal to force overtime before scoring the game-winning goal in the extra time. Two nights later, Greenville fans saw similar heroics. The Florida Everblades held a 4-2 lead early in the third period before the Swamp Rabbits scored three unanswered goals. Bretton Cameron deflected in Greenville’s second power-play goal of the game, followed by another game-tying goal from Miceli. With exactly one minute left on the clock, Justin DaSilva fired in his sixth goal of the season and first career game-winner. The win lifted Greenville to a 7-0-0-0 record at home dating back to January 15th and also continued a streak of five consecutive wins. Despite a close contest against the Everblades on Sunday, the Swamp Rabbits couldn’t complete the sweep, dropping the contest by a score of 4-3. Continue reading

ISLANDERS SNEAK PAST RANGERS ON THE HORRIBLE “ICE” IN BROOKLYN

    Game Summary               NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)  NYI: T. Greiss (W)      Event Summary

–        THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Rangers tallied one goal in the third period of tonight’s game. The Blueshirts lead the NHL in third-period goals in 2016-17 (80), and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers are the only NHL team that has recorded at least 80 goals in any period thus far this season.
–        ON POINT – Rangers defensemen tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight’s game and have registered nine points (four goals, five assists) over the last three games.
–        KILL ZONE – The Blueshirts were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal against in nine of the last 12 games, including each of the last three games.
–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 27 shots on goal in tonight’s game, and 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the contest.
–        BLOCK PARTY – The Blueshirts were credited with 20 blocked shots in tonight’s contest, and five of the Rangers’ six defensemen recorded at least two blocked shots. Continue reading

RANGERS STARTING TO BUILD MOMENTUM WITH ANOTHER WIN

   Game Summary                              ANA: J. Gibson (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)                Event Summary

        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 34 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the third-most the team has earned through the first 53 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 34 wins through the first 53 games of a season five times in franchise history (1972-73, 1991-92, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only seasons in which the team earned more than 34 wins through the first 53 games were 1972-73 (36) and 2011-12 (35).

        THREE’S COMPANY – The Blueshirts extended their winning streak to three games. The Rangers have posted a winning streak of three games or longer in length eight times in 2016-17.

        GOALS GALORE – New York ranks second in the NHL in goals (181) and also ranks in the NHL in goals per game (3.38) this season. The Rangers have recorded 66 goals over the last 18 games, registering at least four goals in 12 of the 18 contests.

        HOW THE WEST WAS WON – New York has posted a 17-5-0 record against teams in the Western Conference this season, including a 10-1-0 record in games against teams in the Pacific Division. The Rangers have registered 44 goals in 11 games against teams in the Pacific Division this season. Continue reading

LUNDQVIST & KREIDER LEAD RANGERS TO HUGE WIN IN BUFFALO

  Game Summary                                    NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)   BUF: R. Lehner (OT)     Event Summary

        ROAD WARRIORS – New York leads the NHL in road wins this season (18) and also leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (90). The Rangers have earned 18 wins within their first 25 road games of one season for the first time in franchise history. In addition, the Rangers’ 90 road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season are the most road wins the team has earned in any four-season span in franchise history. The Rangers have won seven of their last eight road games (7-1-0). The Blueshirts have also earned a win in 17 of their last 22 road contests (17-5-0), including 11 of their last 13 road games (11-2-0). In addition, New York has won each of its last three road contests, allowing three goals over the span and one goal over the last two road games.

        TOP TEN – Eight Rangers have registered at least 10 goals this season (Grabner, Kreider, Miller, Nash, Hayes, Vesey, Stepan, and Zuccarello). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Blueshirts are one of four NHL teams that have eight players who have tallied 10 or more goals this season (along with Washington, Minnesota, and St. Louis). Continue reading

RANGERS SCORE FOUR IN THIRD PERIOD…AND STILL LOSE

     Game Summary                    CBJ: J. Korpisalo (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (ND) A. Raanta (L)      Event Summary

  • GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in goals (171 – includes two team goals awarded for shootout wins) and goals per game (3.38) this season. The Rangers have recorded 56 goals over the last 15 games, registering at least four goals in 10 of the 15 contests.
  • TEAM EFFORT – Four different Rangers registered a goal and 10 different Blueshirts tallied a point in tonight’s contest.
  • THIRD PERIOD TALLIES – The Rangers recorded four goals in the third period of tonight’s game and have registered 67 goals in the third period this season. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Blueshirts are tied for the NHL lead in goals in the third period in 2016-17.
  • 20/20 VISION – Two Rangers rookies have registered at least 20 points this season (Brady Skjei and Jimmy Vesey). Prior to 2016-17, the last season in which two Rangers rookies tallied 20 or more points was 2010-11 (Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello).
  • 30-FOR-30 – Six Blueshirts have registered at least 30 points through the first 50 games of the 2016-17 season (Zuccarello, Stepan, Miller, Hayes, Kreider, and Grabner).
  • SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 37 shots on goal in tonight’s game, including 19 shots on goal in the third period. New York has recorded at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last two games, seven of the last nine games, and 10 of the last 15 contests.
  • HOT AT THE DOT – The Blueshirts won a season-high 41 faceoffs in tonight’s game and posted a 54.7% faceoff win percentage in the contest (41-for-75). All four Rangers who took two or more faceoffs in the contest posted a 50.0% faceoff win percentage or better.
  • FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 211th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 252nd consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.

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AS CANTLON’S CORNER TOLD YOU ON JANUARY 6th…

BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVES RELOCATION OF NEW JERSEY DEVILS’ AHL AFFILIATE
Team will play in Binghamton, N.Y., beginning in 2017-18

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL – VP Communications

(Editor’s note: Cantlon’s Corner on Howlings told you this would happen on 1/6/16. Read it HERE)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors has unanimously approved the relocation of the franchise owned by the New Jersey Devils from Albany, N.Y., to Binghamton, N.Y., effective with the 2017-18 season.

Binghamton’s current team, the Binghamton Senators, previously announced it will be moving to Belleville, Ont., in the fall.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers. In 2015-16, over 7.1 million fans attended AHL regular-season and playoff games across North America, the highest total attendance in league history.

RANGERS TO BATTLE BLUE JACKETS AT MSG

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 31-17-1 (63 pts)
Blue Jackets: 32-12-4 (68 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 50th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Jan. 31, against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won three of their last four games (3-1-0). The Rangers have posted a 31-17-1 record this season.

RANGERS VS. BLUE JACKETS

  • All-Time: 15-9-1-1 (7-2-1-1 at home; 8-7-0-0 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the third of five meetings between the Rangers and Blue Jackets, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-1-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts won the last game between the two teams, 5-4, on Jan. 7 in Columbus. The Rangers rallied from a three-goal deficit to win the contest, and Michael Grabner tallied four points (three goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal with 16.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Blue Jackets will face each other on the following dates: Feb. 13 (at Columbus), Feb. 26 (at MSG).
  • The Rangers have won eight of their last nine games against Columbus, dating back to Jan. 16, 2015 (8-1-0).

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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 30-February 5, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 30-February 5, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (16-24-3-2, 37 pts., .411) headed into the AHL All-Star break on a high note, defeating the Providence Bruins 4-3 on Saturday night at the XL Center in front of a crowd of 10,700, the Wolf Pack’s largest in nearly two years.  Philip McRae scored twice in the win, and Adam Tambellini had the third-period game-winner and an assist.  That was after a 2-1 shootout loss at Bridgeport on Friday night and a 5-4 setback vs. Hershey on Wednesday at the XL Center.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

This week:

The Wolf Pack finish out a stretch of six out of eight games at home this week, with a pair of XL Center games vs. North Division opponents.  The Utica Comets come to Hartford on Friday night for a 7:15 PM game and the Rochester Americans invade the XL Center on Saturday night.  That contest faces off at 7:30. Continue reading

CHAIMOVITCH: AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HALL OF FAME WELCOMES CLASS OF 2017

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HALL OF FAME

WELCOMES CLASS OF 2017

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL – VP Communications

ALLENTOWN, Pa. … The American Hockey League today formally inducted four new members into its American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony took place at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown as part of the festivities that are making up the 2017 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross.

Honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the American Hockey League were Billy Dea, the league’s all-time ironman with a record 548 consecutive games played with the Buffalo Bisons; Bryan Helmer, a three-time Calder Cup champion and the highest-scoring defenseman in league history; Rob Murray, a respected leader who is one of seven players ever with 1,000 regular-season games played; and Doug Yingst, whose storied 34-year career in the Hershey Bears front office saw him oversee four Calder Cup champions as general manager.

John Bartlett, the television voice of the Montreal Canadiens on Sportsnet, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Bartlett will join Alan May and Brendan Burke on the call of tonight’s AHL All-Star Challenge, airing live on Sportsnet ONE throughout Canada and on a comprehensive list of regional networks in the U.S.

In an effort to make the rich tradition of the American Hockey League available to the widest possible audience, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at ahlhalloffame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as a member of the AHL Internet Network.

Formed in 1936 and now in its 81st season of operation, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates.

TOSTI: RABBITS END WEEK VERSUS GLADIATORS

Preview: Swamp Rabbits End Week Versus Gladiators

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 Fri, Jan. 27 7:35 p.m. (EST) at Atlanta Gladiators Listen – Watch – 

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (21-16-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, look to continue their success against the Atlanta Gladiators (16-18-6-1) tonight at 7:35 p.m. The South Division opponents meet at the Infinite Energy Arena for the second straight night. Greenville skated away with a 3-2 overtime win last night, beating the Gladiators for the fifth time this season. The I-85 rivals have played three times in Duluth, GA and the Swamp Rabbits have won the last three games against Atlanta. Angelo Miceli leads the Swamp Rabbits with 34 points (5G, 29A). Brock Higgs is second in the ECHL with 33 assists, helping him lead the Gladiators with 45 points (12G, 33A). No Gladiators skater has totaled more than three points against Greenville this season. Continue reading