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Rangers Prospects Watch: Feb. 26-March 4

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Here's a look at some of the upcoming games involving Rangers prospects from Feb. 27-March 4:

Games of Feb. 27

Tthe WHL takes center stage, as the Prince Albert Raiders pay a visit to Swift Current. While the Raiders are a few games below .500, they are still in third place in their division and right in the thick of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. This is a big matchup of divisional rivals, with Swift Current in fourth place and just one point back of the Raiders. Prince Albert's Lukas Zeliska has been at his best against the Broncos, with a goal and five assists against them this season. Another big effort could go a long way towards the Raiders' playoff ambitions. Also in the WHL on Tuesday, Prince George will play host to the Everett Silvertips -- the team with the best record in the Western Conference. Last week was a big one for the Cougars' Eric Hunter, who scored three goals, including one against Everett on Tuesday. It would not be surprising to see Hunter continue his hot streak as the Cougars continue to fight for playoff positioning

Games of Feb. 28

The red-hot Owen Sound Attack travel to Guelph to take on the Storm on Wednesday. Last week, the Attack clinched the final playoff spot in the OHL Western Conference. Before the season is over, they will look to improve their seeding, and two points against Guelph would do that. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti was a big part of Owen Sound's big week, and he has two goals against Guelph this season. Another OHL game features the Saginaw Spirit facing the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Saginaw's Tom Pyatt has haunted the Greyhounds this season, with three goals and four assists against them. This past Sunday, he scored the tying goal in the third period against the Greyhounds as Saginaw went on to win in a shootout. Wednesday will also see a rare mid-week college game, as Boston University visits Northeastern. These teams met in the opening stage of the Beanpot Tournament. BU's Ken Roche scored in that game, helping BU on their way to the Beanpot Tournament championship.

Games of March 1

David Kveton of the Gatineau Olympiques continued his solid season last week. He has produced at a rate of better then a point per game this season. Gatineau will look to Kveton for this same kind of production as they host the Lewiston MAINEiacs on Thursday. Lewiston comex into this game with the best record in the entire QMJHL, with 88 points. Gatineau will enter the game in second place in its division, and will look to put distance between themselves and the chasing pack. Last season, Gatineau made it all the way to the semifinals as the No. 4 seed. This season, they are in position to have more series with home-ice advantage.

Games of March 2

With 90 points, the Kootenay Ice find themselves in second place in both their division and the Eastern Conference of the WHL. Ryan Russell has been a big part of this good season, with 25 goals and 39 assists in just 50 games played this season. The Ice might even have a better record if Russell hadn't missed nearly a month to injury earlier this season. Look for him to have a big game on Friday against Kootenay's divisional rivals, the Red Deer Rebels. Russell has done a great deal of damage against the Rebels, with five goals and five assists against them this season. In the OHL, the Saginaw Spirit will host the Guelph Storm. Saginaw's Tomas Zaborsky has played very well this past month, and his good play has coincided with the Spirit's good run of play as of late. In their last meeting, Zaborsky scored a goal against the Storm.

Games of March 3

Brodie Dupont has had a standout season for the Calgary Hitmen. He already has career highs in goals and assists, with 36 and 33 respectively. He also has a plus-23 rating this season. The Hitmen are very close to clinching a playoff spot, and will meet Vancouver in the hopes of clinching a playoff spot early. Dupont scored a goal against the Giants in the only meeting between the two this season. Saturday will also see the end of the regular season for many collegiate teams. Michigan Tech, with forward Jordan Foote, will travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers as both teams conclude the regular season. Minnesota needs only one win to clinch the WCHA regular season title. In the Hockey East Conference, the University of Maine visits the University of Massachusetts. The teams find themselves tied for fourth place in the conference coming into the weekend. Maine's Billy Ryan tallied an assist in the teams' only meeting this season.

Games of March 4

The Oshawa Generals find themselves in third place in their division entering play this week. On Sunday, they will host the Ottawa 67s, who are currently five points back of Oshawa in the standings. With a playoff berth not yet clinched for either team, it will be an important 2 points for the winner. Oshawa defenseman Trevor Koverko has played well against Ottawa this season, and had 2 assists in their first meeting this season. Another game in the OHL will see several Rangers prospects involved. The Brampton Battalion, with Dalyn Flatt and John Seymour will face off against the Sudbury Wolves and Marc Staal. It should be a competitive game as both teams are looking to lock down a playoff spot. Staal has played well against the Battalion this season, with three assists in their previous three meetings.
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