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Pregame: Rangers vs. Minnesota

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Today's Game
The Rangers prospects play the last of their three Gretzky Division round-robin games at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., today against the unbeaten Minnesota Wild prospects. Game time is 3:30 p.m. ET on the Huntington Rink at the Traverse City Centre Ice complex. On Sunday afternoon, the Rangers fell 1-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes on a last-minute goal. Carolina goalie Mike Murphy made 33 saves in outdueling Rangers starter Cam Talbot, who stopped 25 shots. The loss dropped the Blueshirts to 1-1 in the tournament. In their other round-robin game, the Rangers beat Columbus 5-4 on a late goal by right wing Evgeny Grachev. Minnesota, the 2003 Traverse City champion, is the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament, but the Rangers must win today to have any chance of playing for the tournament championship when placement games are held on Wednesday.

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Today's Opponent
Casey Wellman
The Wild's 24-player roster includes two prospects with NHL experience -- the most of any team in the tournament. Casey Wellman, a 22-year-old forward who played 12 NHL games last season after completing his college career at UMass-Amherst, has put up three points in the Wild's wins over Carolina and Columbus. Nate Prosser, who played three games for the Wild after finishing Colorado College last season, had a goal in the 5-1 victory over the Blue Jackets. Prosser is one of two 24-year-olds on the roster, along with Jarod Palmer, a former Miami University star who signed with the Wild last spring. More than half of the Minnesota prospects roster are players returning from last year's tournament, and there are two ranked in the 2010 Hockey News Future Watch edition's Top-75 ranking. Those two are defenseman Marco Scandella of the Canadian World Junior team, ranked No. 54, and goaltender Matt Hackett, ranked No. 74. Minnesota's goaltending duties are split between Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 24 shots against Columbus, and Hackett, who had 29 saves in the 2-1 opening win over Carolina. Minnesota's prospects are one of the oldest teams in the tournament and include only two of the Wild's six draft picks from 2010.

Follow the Game Live
There are two ways to follow the game in progress. Complete in-game commentary with descriptions of plays, goals, etc., can be found here on The site offers a tournament scoreboard, standings, and individual box scores.

All-Time at Rangers vs. Wild at Traverse City
No previous games. This will be first meeting.

Rangers Prospects' Next Game
Sept. 15 Opponent and Time TBD based on division finish.
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