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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Springfield Thunderbirds 3

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, December 10, 2017 – Vinni Lettieri had two goals and an assist Sunday at the XL Center, to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 5-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.

With the victory, the Wolf Pack are now 3-0-1-1 in their last five games, the team’s longest streak without a regulation loss of the season.

Marek Mazanec made 17 saves in the game, in his Wolf Pack debut, while Springfield goaltender Evan Cowley had 28. The Wolf Pack outshot the Thunderbirds 33-20. Steven Fogarty scored a shorthanded goal for the Wolf Pack, and Dawson Leedahl and Scott Kosmachuk also scored. John Gilmour added two assists. Juho Lammikko had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds.

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Holland nets two in Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Rochester Americans 2 (SO)

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, December 9, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack went to overtime for a fourth game in a row Saturday night at the XL Center, and were ultimately able to walk away with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Rochester Americans.

Chis Nell made 28 saves in the Hartford net to get the win, while Rochester’s Linus Ullmark was credited with 24. Peter Holland scored two of the three goals for the Wolf Pack, and also scored in the shootout.

Holland opened the scoring at 12:26 of the first period, getting one around Ullmark for his first goal in four games with the Wolf Pack. Assists were given to Scott Kosmachuk and Cole Schneider.

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Providence Bruins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (SO)

Providence, RI, December 8, 2017 – Cole Schneider had his first two-goal game in a Hartford Wolf Pack uniform Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, but the Wolf Pack could not hold a late lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Providence Bruins.

Schneider’s second of the game put the Wolf Pack up 3-2 at 2:13 of the third, but Jordan Szwarz tied the game for the Bruins with 39.9 seconds left, and goaltender Zane McIntyre on the bench for an extra attacker.

Ryan Graves scored his first goal of the year for the Wolf Pack in the first period, and Anthony D’Angelo had two assists. Colby Cave had a goal and an assist for Providence, as did Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson.

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neal pionk

It’s no secret. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has a comfort level with veterans over youth, sometimes to his detriment. Larry Brooks mentioned this in his article yesterday, where he specifically called out AV’s decision to dress the likes of Steven Kampfer, Nick Holden, and Paul Carey over Neal Pionk, Vinny Lettieri, Filip Chytil, and a number of promising prospects seemingly ready to make the jump.

AV’s comfort with veterans is no secret. However there is one point that Brooks makes that is often overlooked. While there is certainly value in keeping kids in the AHL to ensure they aren’t rushed, at what point does AV’s comfort eventually stifle a kid’s growth? At what point does that comfort level truly block a kid from making the jump?

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Hershey Bears 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, November 25, 2017 – A late Adam Tambellini goal prevented a Hershey Bear shutout Saturday night at the XL Center, but Tambellini’s shot was the only one of 28 to get by Vitek Vanecek in a 4-1 Hershey win.

Tambellini’s goal came with 2:47 remaining in the third period, and allowed the crowd of 4,571 finally to throw the toys they brought to the game for the Wolf Pack’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss”, which benefits Operation ELF and Toys for Tots.

By then, Hershey had built a 4-0 lead on goals by Mathias Bau, Riley Barber, Zach Sill and Mason Mitchell. Hubert Labrie had two assists for Hershey.

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lias andersson

I received a bunch of emails/questions about Lias Andersson, so I’m consolidating them all into one question/post.

Q: What’s going on with Lias Andersson? He’s struggling to score. Is he already a bust?

First things first, the kid is 18 years old. No one is already a bust at just 18 years old and barely half a year removed from his draft year. There’s no reason to worry about Andersson being a bust, and the Rangers wasting their 7th overall pick.

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Bridgeport, CT, November 24, 2017 – Adam Cracknell scored his first two Hartford Wolf Pack goals Friday night at Webster Bank Arena, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers broke open a close game with three third-period scores on their way to a 7-3 win.

Josh Holmstrom, Seth Helgeson, Casey Bailey and Scott Eansor all had a goal and an assist each for Bridgeport, which outshot the Wolf Pack 37-21 in the game, with a combined 26-13 advantage over the final two periods. Steven Fogarty had the other Hartford goal.

“I thought there was blocks of that game where we were able to create some offense, get our defensemen involved, in the first period,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said, “but the second period, spending too much time on our heels, in our own zone. We get ourselves close in the game, 4-3 game going into the third period, and then they’re just at will getting to the front of the net and being able to bury those second-chance opportunities. This is a divisional opponent that we see a lot of, and have seen a lot of. We have to find ways to win these games.”

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lias andersson

As you all know, I absolutely love looking at prospects and the upcoming draft. With more information readily becoming available, I am enjoying incorporating everything from individual scouting to the underlying numbers that have been unearthed due to research projects in the analytics community. Over the weekend, I came across a tweet by Byron Bader of the Athletic here that shows how likely a prospect can become an NHL player by using NHLe as a key. This piqued my interest.

I then incorporated Christian Roatis of NHLNumbers NHLe calculator to get an accurate NHLe for some of the Rangers forwards prospects. Byron’s tweet came at just the right time for me, I’ve noticed people have been complaining about picking Lias Andersson over Casey Mittlestadt due to point production, and while we can make the argument in regards to potential, the point argument in my opinion is invalid. When comparing NHLes both players have a nearly identical number which would also put them in the same cohort for Byron Bader’s NHL likeliness/superstar key.

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filip chytil

Chytil: Please. Don’t. Rush.

Following the weekend just gone, there will no doubt be plenty of calls to bring Filip Chytil back to New York at the earliest opportunity. Healthy again, the need at center still obvious (moving JT Miller again is not the answer) and fresh off a two goal outburst on the weekend, Chytil’s play is demanding attention.

Chytil is off to a tremendous start in the AHL with 11 points in 9 games but he is exactly where he should be. He’s the focal point of the Wolfpack’s offense, playing important minutes and is now starting to get comfortable with the system and the pro game in North America. The Rangers should be able to make the playoffs without him and should allow him to grow in Hartford at least for the short term. With the team’s logjam on the blueline at all levels of the organisation the team should also be able to upgrade the center position without losing anything significant in return.

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vinny lettieri

With each passing game, the desperate need for a 3C intensifies. Last night, with David Desharnais struggling, the Rangers shuffled the lineup, putting Paul Carey into the mix. This is the same Paul Carey that Alain Vigneault passed over in favor of 11F/7D earlier in the season.

As it sits right now, Desharnais is the 3C (sometimes masquerading as a 2C) and Carey is the 13F. When one struggles, the other is in the lineup. That’s not the most ideal scenario. Replacing Derek Stepan with literally nothing was not a smart move. While we wait for a potential trade, a move from within may be the best bet in the short term.

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