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TOSTI: ROUND THREE BETWEEN SWAMP RABBITS AND STINGRAYS TONIGHT

Tosti: Round Three Between Swamp Rabbits and Stingrays Tonight

Greenville hosts its in-state rival for the second time this season, wrapping up a 3-in-5 against South Carolina this week.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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Thur, Dec. 7 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. South Carolina Stingrays ListenWatchTwitter

RABBITS TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (12-8-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, and the South Carolina Stingrays (11-4-3-1) take the ice tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville has traded games with the Stingrays in two straight meetings with their rival. Tonight’s rubber match pits one of the ECHL’s top offenses against one of the top defenses. The Stingrays have allowed only 52 goals against this season, tied for second-fewest in the league, while Greenville’s 89 goals are more than any other club. Greenville plays for the second consecutive Thursday night and will be at home for the next three Thursday nights as well. The Swamp Rabbits are 2-0-0-0 in Thursday games this season and are 9-2-0-0 in the last two years.

PLENTY OF MEETINGS THIS YEAR
Greenville will play the South Carolina Stingrays more than any other opponent this season. The Swamp Rabbits play 12 games against their intrastate rival this season and will drop the puck for the sixth time tonight. In the first five games, Greenville has produced a 2-2-1-0 record against the Stingrays and won its only game on home ice. The Swamp Rabbits will play the Stingrays two more times later this month. The teams will not meet again until Mar. 6 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: (SAT) MARLIES BEAT PACK IN OT

CRAWFORD: (SAT) MARLIES BEAT PACK IN OT

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Toronto Marlies 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Toronto, Ontario, December 2, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack saw a 3-1 third-period lead slip away Saturday at Ricoh Coliseum, in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies.

Dmytro Timashov’s goal at 2:56 of the extra session won it for Toronto, after Trevor Moore’s second tally of the third period had tied the score with 1:54 left in regulation and Marlie goaltender Garret Sparks on the bench for an extra attacker.  Moore had brought Toronto to within one goal with a power-play score at 14:22 of the third.

Toronto’s Andreas Johnsson took a major penalty for boarding Filip Chytil at 15:49 of the third frame, but while the Wolf Pack were on the power play, Dan Catenacci was whistled for tripping at 17:00.  With the teams skating 4-on-4, the Marlies were able to get Sparks to the bench, Jeremy Bracco found Moore at the left side of the slot, and Moore beat Wolf Pack goaltender Alexandar Georgiev to the stick side. Continue reading

RANGERS ACQUIRE FORWARD PETER HOLLAND

RANGERS ACQUIRE FORWARD PETER HOLLAND

Blueshirts trade Adam Cracknell to Montreal

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, November 30, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired forward Peter Holland from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Adam Cracknell.

Holland, 26, has skated in 20 games with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points, along with 19 penalty minutes. He was tied for second on Laval in assists, ranked third on the team in goals, and was tied for third on the team in points this season. Holland posted five multi-point games in 20 contests with Laval in 2017-18, including a four-point game (three goals, one assist) on Nov. 4 vs. Syracuse.

The 6-2, 205-pounder has skated in 243 career NHL games over parts of six seasons (2011-12 – 2016-17) with Anaheim, Toronto, and Arizona, registering 35 goals and 46 assists for 81 points, along with 105 penalty minutes. Holland established career-highs in assists (18) and points (27) with Toronto during the 2015-16 season, and he tallied a career-high, 11 goals with the Maple Leafs in 2014-15.

The Toronto, Ontario, native was originally selected by Anaheim in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Cracknell skated in four games with the Rangers this season after he was claimed off waivers from Dallas on Oct. 9, 2017.

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CANTLON: WOLF PACK’S JENSEN HEADS TO KHL

Wolf Pack’s Jensen Heads to KHL

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The exodus has begun.

The Hartford Wolf Pack’s leading scorer, Nicklas Jensen, who registered 55 points and was the second highest goal-scorer in the AHL with 32 goals. Jensen was the Pack’s only representative to the AHL All-Star game and was the team’s MVP as voted on by the players. Jensen has made the decision to leave for greener pastures in the KHL according to a press release from Jokerit Helsinki.

Jensen, who wore number 13 in Hartford, and another ex-Pack (when they were the CT Whale) and New York Rangers draft pick, Tim Erixon, who’s still playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL playoffs, have both signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in southwest Russia, near Kazakhstan. But that’s not all…Then both players were traded to the Finnish based KHL team Jokerit Helsinki for a fellow Dane Philip Larsen who played with Vancouver this year and his KHL rights which were held by Jokerit and financial compensation.

But that’s not all…

****UPDATE****

(Since Howlings first published this story, we have received clarification from Jokerit Helsinki. – “All we can say is that Jokerit has acquired Jensen’s rights and that no deal has been signed,” Ilro Keurulainen, the Media Communications Coordinator for the team told Howlings).

Right after being signed, both players were then traded to the Finnish-based KHL team, Jokerit Helsinki for Philip Larsen, a fellow Dane. Larsen played with the Vancouver Canucks this past season and his KHL rights were still held by Jokerit.

Jensen is a five-year AHL vet. Like many Europeans who come to the States, he waited to see where he was after five years. The decision becomes whether to pursue staying in North America or head back to Europe where there is usually better money, a different schedule and to be closer to home. Jensen was Vancouver’s first round pick in 2011 and was acquired by the Rangers along with a sixth-round draft pick and Emerson Etem on January 8th last year.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The team plays at the Hartwell Arena which seats over 13,000.

Jensen and Larsen will likely be teammates in for Denmark in Pool A of the 2017 IIHF World Championships to be held this year in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany in a couple of weeks.

These two signings boost the count to five AHL’ers who have signed to play in Europe next season. To date, that list includes, Reto Berra (Springfield to HC Fribourg-Gotteron Switzerland-LNA), Joel Vermin (Syracuse to HC Lausanne Switzerland-LNA) and Chad Billins (Utica to Linkopings HC Sweden-SHL).

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.

The Pack played with greater purpose and drive in the second, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Continue reading

TOSTI: BRANDON ALDERSON CALLED-UP TO AHL’S TEXAS STARS

Brandon Alderson Called-Up to AHL’s Texas Stars

Greenville’s leading goal scorer headed to the AHL for the 3rd time this season.

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, announced today that forward Brandon Alderson earned his third call-up to the American Hockey League. The Swamp Rabbits leading goal scorer joins the Texas Stars after tallying a career-best 26 goals this season.

Alderson signed with the Swamp Rabbits during the off-season and had turned in a career season in the ECHL. The Oakville, ON native netted five goals and added an assist in nine games to begin the year. Since his last AHL call-up to Syracuse, the 6-foot-5 winger has recorded 33 points (15G, 18A) in 25 games. Only five ECHL skaters have more points in that stretch. Continue reading

A REAL TEST FOR THE INJURED RANGERS

NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Rangers: 47-26-6 (100 pts)
Capitals: 53-18-8 (114 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 80th game of the 2016-17 season today, Apr. 5, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Verizon Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in seven of the last nine games, eight of the last 11 games, and 10 of the last 14 games. The Rangers have posted a 47-26-6 record this season.

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 96-92-18-7 (52-42-9-4 at home; 44-50-9-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals and the second of two meetings between the two teams in Washington. The Rangers have posted a 2-1-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts were defeated by the Capitals, 4-1, in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 28 at MSG. Rick Nash leads the Rangers with three points (one goal, two assists) in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.35 GAA and a .929 SV% in three appearances.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 26 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (16-8-2). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least one point in nine of their last 13 contests against the Capitals (8-4-1).
  • The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in nine of their last 13 games against Washington. 

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RANGERS ACQUIRE A BECK, BUT NOT MITCH BECK (LOL)

RANGERS ACQUIRE FORWARD TAYLOR BECK

Blueshirts trade Justin Fontaine to Edmonton

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, March 1, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired forward Taylor Beck from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Justin Fontaine.

Beck, 25, has skated in 40 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 18 penalty minutes. Beck has established AHL career-highs in assists and points this season. He ranks second in the AHL in assists and is tied for second in the league in points in 2016-17. In addition, Beck leads the Condors in assists and points, ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating, and is tied for fourth on the team in goals this season. Beck has posted 15 multi-point games in 2016-17, and he tallied a season-high, four points (one goal, three assists) on Nov. 5 vs. Texas. Continue reading

AFTER DEFEAT TO HABS, RANGERS LOOK TO TURN OVER NEW LEAFS

NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 38-19-2 (78 pts)
Maple Leafs: 28-20-11 (67 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 60th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 23, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last nine games (7-1-1), as well as 10 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-2 record this season. Continue reading

RANGERS NEED TO TURN OVER A MAPLE LEAF

NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 28-16-1 (57 pts)
Maple Leafs: 21-13-8 (50 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 46th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Jan. 19, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Rangers have posted a 28-16-1 record this season.

RANGERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

  • All-Time*: 228-276-95-7 (132-113-56-4 at home; 96-163-39-3 on the road) *Note: The first three games between the two franchises were when the Maple Leafs franchise was called the Toronto St. Patricks. The team changed its name during the 1926-27 season.
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs, and the first of two meetings between the two teams in Toronto. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), as Toronto earned a 4-2 win against the Blueshirts on Jan. 13 at MSG. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Maple Leafs will play against each other on the following date: Feb. 23 (at Toronto).

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