For those New York Ranger fans who were wondering who the team was going to call up after the team sent forward Darroll Powe and goaltender Jason Missiaen, wonder no more.
After recalling goaltender Cam Talbot earlier on Sunday, the Rangers have now recalled forwards Chris Krieder and Brandon Mashinter from the Hartford Wolf Pack as well.
The 22-year-old Krieder, who has been the subject of trade rumors, has scored four points - two of them goals - in six contests with the Wolf Pack so far this season. He is second on the team with 16 shots on goal, which is the type of offensive aggressiveness the Rangers desperately need. Krieder made a great first impression with the organization and Ranger fans. During the 2011-12 playoffs, the team brought Krieder up and he proceeded to set an NHL record for most playoff goals scored (five) before playing in a regular-season game. But, the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft managed only three points in 23 games for the Rangers during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. He played 48 games in the AHL that season, scoring 12 goals and 11 assists. Krieder did play for the Blueshirts during the preseason, but he failed to lock down a roster spot and was sent down to Hartford.
Mashinter, who turned 25 one month ago Sunday, played in four games last season for the Rangers, registering no points. But, Mashinter is not known for point scoring ability. He is strictly being brought in for his grit and penchant for fighting, again something the Rangers desperately need. Whether you put Mashinter on a line with Boyle or Dorsett (or both), you can expect fireworks. Mashinter does have skill beyond dropping the gloves. Last season, the 6'4", 220 pound winger scored 12 goals and 12 assists in 65 games split between Worcester Sharks and the then-named Connecticut Whale. The Rangers acquired Mashinter in January from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a player and a conditional draft pick.
Powe's only appearance for the Rangers this season was in Saturday's night 4-0 loss to the previously winless New Jersey Devils. The 28-year-old forward registered a -2 for that game and has yet to score a point as a New York Ranger, despite playing in 34 games last season and three games in last year's playoffs. Powe came to the Ranger organization along with Nick Palmieri in February's Mike Rupp trade with the Minnesota Wild. The 28-year-old started his career with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Missiaen stopped 23 of 26 shots in his only start with the Hartford Wolf Pack, defeating the Albany Devils 4-3 at the XL Center back on October 6th. The 23-year-old was recalled to the Rangers on Thursday and did not see any action while up with the team. The 6'8" goaltender, who signed as a free agent in 2011, played in 25 games last season for the Connecticut Whale and earned a record of 10-8-2 with a goals against average of 3.07 and a .906 save percentage.
Krieder and Mashinter will join goaltender Cam Talbot, who was recalled from Hartford for the second time this season. Talbot was call up by the Rangers last Monday, only to be sent back to Hartford three days later. With all the roster shuffling and King Henrik's shaky last start against New Jersey, one has to wonder whether Talbot will get the start, instead of Lundqvist, when the Rangers face the Flyers on Thursday. So far in the AHL this season, Talbot has a 4-0-1 record with a 2.49 goals against and a .924 save percentage. He is second in the league in wins. Hartford is currently one point out of first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers are looking for anyway to get the team playing to a level of success similar to their AHL affiliate. The team is 28th in the league in goals per game average with 1.57, while they are dead last in goals against average with a ghastly 4.14. On five-on-five for/against ratio, they are again last with a microscopic 0.26. The Blueshirts power play ranks 15th in the league (18.2%), but their penalty kill - which was a strong point under ex-head coach John Tortorella - is ranked 23rd (78.6%). The Rangers rank 25th in shots on goal per game (27.6) and in penalty minutes per game (15.4). Lastly, in team plus/minus, the Rangers are last in the league with a -16.