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Sunday, Nov. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Rangers: 8-7-1 (17 pts)
Oilers: 4-8-3 (11 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 12

The Rangers will face-off against the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow, Nov. 14, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), to conclude their four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-7-1 (17 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in overtime on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 1-2-0 on the four-game homestand. The Oilers enter the contest with a 4-8-3 (11 pts) record to rank 15th in the Western Conference, and are 1-2-1 on their current five-game road trip. Tomorrow’s contest will begin the fourth of 18 back-to-back sets for the Rangers, who will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Nov. 15, at the CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), to close out the set.

Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 10:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room located on the fifth floor of Madison Square Garden.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

* TV: MSG Network
12:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
12:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Oilers?
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 970 The Apple?
12:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Bob Galerstein
12:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Oilers
Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

* All-Time: The Rangers are 25-26-9-2 all-time against the Oilers: 11-14-6-1 at home and 14-12-3-1 on the road

* 2010-11: Today’s contest marks the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Oilers this season

* Last Season: New York was 1-0-0 against Edmonton in 2009-10, defeating the Oilers, 4-2, in their only meeting on Nov. 5, 2009 at Rexall Place

* New York ranks 22nd in the NHL at home with a record of 3-4-1 (7 pts) in eight games; Edmonton has posted a record of 2-4-3 (7 pts) in seven road games to rank 22nd in the league

* The Rangers have posted a record of 0-1-0 vs. Northwest Division opponents; the Oilers are 0-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 1-0-2 with a 2.54 goals against average in three career regular season games vs. Edmonton

* Marian Gaborik has recorded a team-high, 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points in 45 career regular season appearances vs. the Oilers; Alex Frolov has registered 10 assists and 16 points in 27 career regular season contests vs. Edmonton

* New York lists no former Oilers on their roster

* Edmonton lists one former Ranger on their roster: Jason Strudwick (2005-06 – 2006-07, 2007-08)

* Current Oilers’ head coach Tom Renney served as the Rangers’ head coach from Feb. 25, 2004 to Feb. 23, 2009, posting a record of 164-121-42 in 327 regular season games; his 164 wins rank fourth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list

* Power Play: The Rangers did not convert on five power play opportunities (9:21) on Thursday vs. Buffalo, and are now 8-44 (18.2%) with the man advantage over the last 11 games. New York ranks 15th in the NHL with a 15.9% (10-63) success rate, and ranks 23rd at home with a 12.8% (5-39) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one, five-on-three chance (0:39) on Thursday vs. the Sabres, and are now 0-3 on five-on-three attempts (2:47). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).

* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Sabres scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00) on Thursday at MSG, and are now 11-12 (91.7%) over the last four games. New York ranks 24th in the NHL with a 78.5% (51-65) success rate, and are 28th in the league at home with a 76.5% (26-34) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Oct. 30 at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts yielded one goal in two, three-on-four situations on Tuesday vs. Washington, and are now 3-5 (2:34) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky).

* Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal in one, four-on-four situation (1:32) in Thursday’s 3-2 overtime win vs. Buffalo, and are now plus-one in 14, four-on-four situations (15:21) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

The Rangers and Knicks have played on the same day at the current Madison Square Garden on 35 occasions, with the Rangers posting a record of 14-15-6 (0-1-0 in 2010-11) and the Knicks registering a 21-14 (0-1 in 2010-11) mark in those games. Today is the second of three occasions the Rangers and Knicks are scheduled to play at MSG on the same day this season, having previously done so on Nov. 7 (NYR vs. STL, NYK vs. PHI) and scheduled to do so again on Dec. 12 (NYR vs. WSH, NYK vs. DEN).

Tomorrow’s contest will begin the Rangers’ fourth of 18 back-to-back sets this season. The Blueshirts are currently 1-2-0 in the first game of back-to-backs following a 4-1 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 4, and are 0-1-0 when the first game of the set is at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers have had seven different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for third most in the league. Montreal and Washington each have eight different players with at least one game winner, while Anaheim, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Ottawa, and Vancouver are tied with New York entering today’s action.

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 289 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 18.1 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 52 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 25 blocked shots.

The Rangers currently rank second in the NHL with 463 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 28.9 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan leads the team and ranks second in the NHL with 61 hits, and Brian Boyle ranks 19th in the league with 43 hits on the season.

* The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has surrendered just one goal in their last four contests, registering a 91.7% success rate (11-12) over the span

* Artem Anisimov has registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games

* Brian Boyle has tallied three goals in the last four games

* Dan Girardi has recorded an assist in three of the last four games

* Brandon Dubinsky has notched five goals and six points in the last six games

* Ryan Callahan has registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his last 11 games

* Henrik Lundqvist is 5-3-0 in his last eight starts, registering a 2.15 goals against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts over the span

Henrik Lundqvist posted his first shutout of the season with a 36-save performance on Oct. 30 at Toronto and, in the process, passed Mike Richter, Chuck Rayner and Lorne Worsley for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with 25 career regular season shutouts.

Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

* John Tortorella: 3 wins from 300 NHL career

* Artem Anisimov: 1 game from 100 NHL career

* Michael Del Zotto: 4 games from 100 NHL career

* Dan Girardi: 4 games from 300 NHL career

* Michael Sauer: 1st career NHL assist/point (10/23 at BOS)
* Ryan Callahan: 100th career NHL point (10/23 at BOS)
* Evgeny Grachev: 1st career NHL game (10/29 vs. CAR)
* Sean Avery: 500th career NHL game (11/1 vs. CHI)

* Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 16
* Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 13
* Michal Rozsival (shoulder strain, 7-10 days) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 48

* Nov. 8: Assigned forward Evgeny Grachev to Hartford


Hartford Wolf Pack puck VERSUS Springfield Falcons

There’s an old cliché every sports fan knows…“it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.” For the Hartford Wolf Pack, while they aren’t mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, after Saturday night’s 4-3 loss to the last place Springfield Falcons at the XL Center, if you listen carefully you can hear her warming up in the wings.

Since we’re on the subject of clichés, it was “déjà vu all over again.” This game became a microcosm of all that has plagued the Hartford Wolf Pack this entire 2009 – 2010 season; whether it was playing from behind, inopportune turnovers, erratic and inconsistent play between the pipes, an ineffective power play and a lack of any kind of timely scoring.

“You hit the nail right on the head,” the always candid Wolf Pack right wing Dale Weise said when presented that theory. We tied it up 2-2 in the second and then they score and make it 3-2 on the next shift. That’s one of the biggest times in the game where we have to bear down: the last minute (of a period) and shifts after goals. We just didn’t do that, and that’s exactly the way it’s been all year.”

Matt Zaba started between the pipes for the home team and had a rough first period. Zaba allowed two goals on just seven shots and was relieved at the end of the first period.

“We were outshooting them for a large portion of the period,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said in his post game press conference. “We controlled play and we were down 2-0 so we needed to make a change.”

At 10:02 Springfield did what the majority of teams have done to Hartford all season long. They scored first.

Colton Fretter brought the puck into the Pack zone and fired a shot from the left circle. The puck rebounded off Zaba (5 saves) and slid out tot he crease. Liam Reddox beat Ryan Garlock to the puck and the Falcon left winger attempted to pass the puck back to Rob Hisey. The puck went through Garlock’s legs and hit the left skate of Jared Nightingale who stood between Hisey and Zaba and went into the far corner of the net.

Nightingale nearly redeemed himself with 2:47 left when he spotted Pack captain Dane Byers getting ahead of ex-Pack defenseman, and current Springfield assistant captain, Jake Taylor, in close to the net and put the puck right on the left winger’s stick.

Springfield netminder Bryan Pitton (33 saves, 2-2-0) held his ground and stopped Byers in front. Taylor tackling his former teammate certainly helped negate Byers getting much on his shot. Even bigger than that was referee Mark Lemelin not making a call on a blatantly obvious penalty.

The lack of a call became even bigger when with just 22.4 ticks of the clock remaining in the period, another ex-Pack, Dean Arsene blasted a shot from the left point hit Zaba’s pad and went into the net. It appeared on the replay that Zaba never saw the shot as there was lots of traffic in front of him.

So despite outshooting Springfield 17-7, the Pack entered the second trailing by two goals.

Chad Johnson (10 saves, 16-16-2) came into the game in relief to start the second period.

The Pack turned up the pressure to start the second period. Colin McDonald bloodied the lip of Anders Eriksson just 47 seconds into the period and gave the Pack four minutes of power play time on a high sticking call.

For most of the power play the few shots that the power play units did generate all missed the net. That was until there were only 7 seconds left in the four minute advantage. The American League’s third leading scorer, Corey Locke took a pass along the right wing half boards from recent Charlotte call-up Julien Brouillette. Locke put a move on Matt Nickerson and created space for himself in the slot. The Toronto native fired a hard rising shot that beat Pitton high to the glove side for his team leading 29th of the season cutting the Springfield lead in half.

1:17 later, at 5:51, the Pack knotted the score when Derek Couture’s backhander beat Pitton after following up on the rebound of his own shot. Garlock got the assist.

But Johnson could not keep his opponents off the scoreboard.

After starting off very hot and getting time in New York with the Rangers where he went 1-2-1, Johnson has struggled. The rookie netminder from Calgary, who the Rangers acquired from Pittsburgh for a fifth round draft pick before the season, set a team record losing seven consecutive starts before finally ending the streak by beating these same Falcons on March 12th, looked shaky again and gave up a goal just 21 seconds later.

Charles Linglet followed up a shot that a wide open Jordan Eberle fired right past Johnson.

Eberle was a hero for the Canadian National team in the World Junior Championship held earlier this year. In just two games played since his juniors’ season ended at Regina of the Western Hockey League, Eberle has five points (2g, 3a). The Pack had no answer for him all game long.

Eberle would assist on what would prove to be the game winner by another ex-Pack in this game. Chad Wiseman, a teammate of Gernander’s, scored a goal that should never have gotten past Johnson but did. Johnson was squared up to Wiseman on the right wing circle, but just plain missed the wrist shot form the veteran winger.

It wasn’t like the Pack didn’t have their chances to score goals.

Much like it has all season, the Pack power play let them down with a one-for-seven performance. Lemelin gave the Wolf Pack four power play opportunities in the third period and the Pack came up empty on all of them.

“What more can you ask for?” Weise said. “We just got to capitalize. Our power play has been hot at times and it’s really been really cold at times. We needed to score and we didn’t. What else can you say?”

“We had some good chances on the power play,” Gernander said. “Maybe we could have used a little more screening than tipping, we had some good deflections that just missed” He said. “There were some good chances generated. We did have one power play goal tonight.”

That’s been pretty symptomatic of the Pack’s entire season as well. Blown opportunities off ineffective man advantages.

The Pack made it interesting…much as they’ve done all year…When Brodie Dupont took a sweet cross ice feed from Garlock and redirected it past Pitton for his 16th of the year

One last great opportunity was afforded the Pack with less than a minute to go to get the equalizer, but Locke could not handle a solid cross ice pass from P.A. Parenteau and flubbed his shot which gave Pitton time to cover it.

“Shots were pretty good in our favor (36-19), and we controlled play for large portions of the game,” Gernander said. “I don’t know which portion of the game we were clearly outplayed.” said the clearly exasperated Pack head Coach.

Weise tipped his hat to the Springfield netminder. “I thought we had enough chances to win, but I thought their goalie played great. Just on me alone, I thought he made three saves on which I should have scored. There were a couple breakdowns that led to goals, and they aren’t really the goalie’s fault a couple of mistakes led to the goals. We gave them opportunities.”

With Wilkes-Barre defeating Rochester 5-4, that leaves the Wolf Pack ten points out of a playoff berth with just 11 games to play for the final spot in the Eastern Conference.

It’s sure looking like the team streak of twelve consecutive playoff appearances is going to come to an end.

When it’s all done, the Tune that the Fat Lady sings will probably be off of the Led Zeppelin album, “The Song Remains the Same” because it’s been the same things over and over all season long.

Bruce Berlet’s story can be read at Hartfordwolfpack.com. Dan Hickling was in the XL Center and he takes you inside the winner’s locker room at MassLive.com.

Bob Crawford has a nice profile of the Pack’s P.A. Parenteau at TheAHL.com.



1. Sharks 68 42 21 2 3 89 236 206 1-0-0-0 6-4-0-0 1096
2. Pirates 70 38 22 6 4 86 214 192 2-0-1-1 4-4-1-1 1261
3. Monarchs 69 35 25 3 6 79 180 174 1-0-0-1 3-5-1-1 1040
4. Devils 70 35 26 4 5 79 205 195 1-0-0-0 4-4-0-2 1279
5. Sound Tigers 70 33 27 4 6 76 175 195 6-0-1-0 6-3-1-0 1569
6. Bruins 71 33 34 3 1 70 189 199 0-1-0-0 3-6-0-1 1081
7. WOLF PACK 69 28 30 6 5 67 190 215 0-2-0-0 2-4-3-1 1373
8. Falcons 71 24 34 10 3 61 183 258 3-0-1-0 6-3-1-0 1490


1. Penguins 70 36 29 2 3 77
2. Sound Tigers 70 33 27 4 6 76
3. Bruins 71 33 34 3 1 70
4. WOLF PACK 69 28 30 6 5 67


Sunday will see Bridgeport hosting Springfield. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has the night off. It’s the Pack’s game-in-hand

In other Atlantic division action, Portland and Manchester will be playing at the Androscoggin Bank Coliseum. Worcester and Lowell meet up at the Tsongas Arena. Across the AHL it’s Abbotsford visiting Toronto. Binghamton travels to the Times Union Center to take on Albany. The Moose and Grand Rapids lock horns in Manitoba. Chicago and San Antonio mix it up at the Allstate Arena. Peoria and Texas do battle while Houston and Milwaukee tango at the Toyota and Hershey is likely to steamroll Adirondack at the Giant Center.


Saturday night was a big blow for the New York Rangers top developmental team. About the only good result was that Providence lost to Worcester 2-1 at the DCU Center. Other than that just about all the pieces went awry for the Boys in the red, white and blue. Bridgeport lost to Manchester, but they picked up a point by bringing the game into OT. Worst of all, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won their game as five different Penguins scored and overcame two goals by ex-Pack Jeff Taffe and beat Rochester 5-4.

In other AHL action, in he Atlantic Division it was Lowell in overtime knocking off Portland. Michael Swift had two goals for the winners. Chris Holt’s scoring streak stopped at one game, but he only surrendered a single tally and Jonathan Cheechoo’s shorthanded goal was the difference as Binghamton won 2-1 over Albany. Holt improved his stats to a record of 15-14-1 with a 2.94GAA and a .906%.

In other games Toronto won in a shootout over Hamilton 4-3. Norfolk tripled up Adirondack 3-1. Lake Erie got two markers, including the game winner, from captain Brian Willsie and knocked off Abbotsford 3-2. Hershey continues to be the best team in the AHL and got two goals from Andrew Gordon and trounced Syracuse 6-2. Chicago doubled up on San Antonio 6-3. Kevin Doell had two goals for the President’s hometown team. Texas shutout Rockford 2-0. Brent Krahn had his fourth shutout of the season and ran his record to 14-2 with a microscopic GAA of 1.62 and an insane .950 save percentage. Ex-Pack Hugh Jessiman had his 19th goal of the season, a career high, and with his 19 helpers has 38 points on the season as his Milwaukee Admirals beat the Houston Aeros (try saying those two names together ten times fast).

In the ECHL, of concern to Charlotte fans, Gwinnett beat Trenton 6-4. And Florida knocked off South Carolina 5-3. Charlotte has three games in hand on South Carolina. They’re tied in wins and trail by five points. If the Checkers can continue to play the way they’ve been playing, it is not inconceivable that they could win the East Division. The Checkers have seven games left on their schedule. Five of them are at home. They play two series with Florida; a pair in Charlotte next week and then finish the season in Florida. They have a pair with Reading and a solo game against Gwinnett. The Checkers have won seven in a row. If they can string a few more together…and the way the team has been playing that’s a possibility, they could be playing for the division crown the first weekend in April.


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* The Hartford Wolf Pack have never been two games below .500 this late in the season in their 13 year history.

* In games where the Pack outshoot their opponents, they are 18-13-2-3. When they’re outshot, the Pack are 10-17-4-2

* Games decided by one goal has the Pack at 12-10-6-5

* Here’s more good news. In games trailing after one period they are 4-17-2-3 and after two they are 2-26-1-2

* Locke leads the AHL with 18 power play goals.

* Jake Taylor, who was plagued each year of his time with the Wolf Pack with serious injuries that prohibited him from playing a full season, told Howlings at the Pack’s last game in Springfield that he was hopeful that this would be his first year without serious injury. Well, that changed for the new father of a new baby when he was hit by a shot in the third period and then hospitalized after the game with either a concussion or fracture in his face. Exact details were not released.

* Bruce Landon spoke to reporters before the game and said that he has been in negotiations to bring another NHL affiliate to Springfield. He told reporters he expects to finalize a deal this coming week. Rumors are circulating that team is going to be the Columbus Blue Jackets as they will be leaving the Syracuse Crunch behind and move to the Pack’s I-91 rival city. That will leave Syracuse and Albany without affiliates for next season. Any rumors of the Wolf Pack moving somewhere else are pretty much 100% dead. Rumors also have the Sound Tigers moving on and possibly an ECHL team moving into Bridgeport.


Dupont – Locke – Parenteau
Byers © – Newbury – Weise
Soryal – Crowder – Grachev
Brashear – Garlock – Couture

Eriksson – Sanguinetti
Brouillette – Potter
Heikkinen – Nightingale


(Assistant Captains Bold and Italicized)


Andres Ambϋhl – Healthy Scratch
Nigel Williams – Undisclosed Injury – Day-to-Day
Steven Valiquette – Hand Injury – Season over
Michael Sauer – Shoulder – Season over
Mike Hoffman – Shoulder – Season over
Brent Henley – Knee – Season over


1. SPR – J. Eberle
2. SPR – C. Linglet
3. HFD – R. Garlock


Mark Lemelin (84)

Luke Galvin (2)
Brent Colby (7)


While the Pack are not mathematically eliminated, for all intents and purposes they’re just playing out the string. Providence is the next opponent Sunday afternoon. Ironically both the Rangers and the Wolf Pack face elimination on the same day against the same franchise. Bob Crawford will have the Pre-Game show at 2:30 with the puck dropping at 3:00.

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Springfield Falcons 4 At Hartford Wolf Pack 3 – Status: Final

Mar 20, 2010 – XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Springfield 2 2 0 – 4

Hartford 0 2 1 – 3

1st Period-1, Springfield, Reddox 17 (Fretter, Bendfeld), 10:02. 2, Springfield, Arsene 2 (Linglet, Eberle), 19:37. Penalties-Byers Hfd (high-sticking), 12:44.

2nd Period-3, Hartford, Locke 29 (Brouillette), 4:34 (pp). 4, Hartford, Couture 9 (Garlock, Soryal), 5:51. 5, Springfield, Eberle 2 (Linglet), 6:12. 6, Springfield, Wiseman 21 (Eberle, David), 12:42. Penalties-McDonald Spr (double minor – high-sticking), 0:47; Trukhno Spr (hooking), 6:38; Locke Hfd (interference), 8:06; Dupont Hfd (hooking), 14:07; Newbury Hfd (high-sticking), 16:38.

3rd Period-7, Hartford, Dupont 16 (Garlock, Eriksson), 15:53. Penalties-MacMurchy Spr (tripping), 4:15; Trukhno Spr (tripping), 8:37; served by Fretter Spr (bench minor – too many men), 12:55; Arsene Spr (slashing), 15:39; Newbury Hfd (slashing), 15:39; served by Fretter Spr (bench minor – too many men), 17:37; Eriksson Hfd (interference), 19:16.

Shots on Goal-Springfield 7-8-4-19. Hartford 17-9-10-36.

Power Play Opportunities-Springfield 0 of 5; Hartford 1 of 7.

Goalies-Springfield, Pitton 2-2-0 (36 shots-33 saves). Hartford, Zaba 6-11-2 (7 shots-5 saves); Johnson 16-16-2 (12 shots-10 saves).