Chad Painchaud returns to lineup; Scouting Greenville

After months of getting hammered by the AHL and injuries, the Stingrays are finally started to get players trickle back into the lineup.

Chad Painchaud returns from Norfolk and after being up there for the better part of two months and only playing in six games.

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Chad Painchaud returns to the Rays lineup after being up in the AHL with Norfolk.

Although Jack Downing has been loaned to Iowa, the return of Painchaud, who was leading the Stingrays in scoring when he left, should be a huge boost.

Painchaud will be on the second line with Igor Gongalsky and most likely Patrick Gaul at center.

The top line will feature Peter Boyd, Scott Campbell and the newly acquired Dale Mitchell from San Francisco. The addition of Mitchell could pay huge dividends for the Rays. He’s a proven scorer in this league and gives the Rays another dynamic player.

Scott Langdon and Dylan King also join the team from San Francisco. Both are stay-at-home defensemen that Rays opponents will not enjoy playing against. Can’t have too many of those guys, especially during the playoffs.

Remember the Rays have three defensemen out of the lineup in Kevin Quick (lower body), Steve Spinell (Providence) and Scooter Vaughan (Bridgeport). When those guys return, and I think all three will eventually be back, the Rays blue line will have Spinell, Vaughan, Quick, Ryan Grimshaw, Luka Vidmar, Jeremy Price, plus King and Langdon, who was the Bulls team captain. That’s eight D-men with tons of experience.

 

In case you missed it. Here’s my story that will be in Friday’s Post and Courier print edition on the three guys – Dale Mitchell, Scott Langdon and Dylan King – from San Francisco who will make their Stingrays debut Friday night against Greenville.

 

Scouting the Road Warriors

Head Coach: Dean Stork (4th season) 144-75-18.

Record: 21-18-5, 47 points (9th in Eastern Conference)

AHL Affiliation: Hartford Wolf Pack/Adirondack Phantoms

NHL Affiliation: New York Rangers/Philadelphia Flyers

All-time series: 26-20-11.

Season series: 6-2-1.

GF: 2.70, (15th)

GA: 2.84, (11th)

PP: 15.0% (10th)

PK: 89.5% (1st)

Top Scorer: FW Marc Oliver-Vallerand (36 GP, 15g, 18a, 33 pts)

Top Goalie: Jason Missiaen (3-1-1, 2.55 GAA, .927 save)

 

2013-14 Stingrays vs. Road Warriors

Oct. 25 at Greenville 2-1 Win

Oct. 26 Grenville 4-1 Win

Nov. 7 at Greenville 4-2 Win

Nov. 20 at Greenville 2-1 SOL

Nov. 24 Greenville 3-2 Win

Dec. 15 Greenville 3-2 Loss

Dec. 27 at Greenville 3-2 Win

Jan. 4 Greenville 3-0 Win

Jan. 14 Greenville 5-3 Loss

 

APM

14 thoughts on “Chad Painchaud returns to lineup; Scouting Greenville

  1. JR,
    Price is expected to be out 1-2 more weeks. He is doing better from what I was told on Thursday, but still has not gotten back on the ice.
    It’s Scott Langdon’s debut as a Stingray. … my guess, chances are pretty high he drops the gloves.

    APM

  2. Great team effort!!! Painchaud looked good in his return. Obviously, everyone noticed Mitchell but I thought Langdon and King were very sound defensively. If and when we get players back it will be very hard to crack this line up.

    I’m glad Collins and Noreau fought finally!!!!!!They yapped at each other for the better part of 2 periods. Looking forward to coming to the rink, should be another good one. Feb. 16th game against Florida can’t come soon enough!!!!

  3. agree with above. Loads of skill plus a healthy dose of grit. I noticed Greenville didn’t seem to want to attempt drilling our smaller guys into the boards with as much gusto last night.

  4. All,

    As JR posted. … Rays get D Joe Lavin from Providence, via a trade they made with Springfield on Friday.
    Guess who Springfield’s assistant coach is? That’s right Jared Bednar.
    Lavin has been with Evansville most of the season. Has three goals and 7 assists in 24 games with Evansville.
    The blue is getting crowded. Wonder if Rays won’t make a trade for a goalie. Jakaitis won’t play Sunday, Carbery said.
    Also, I hope you guys don’t expect a 6-point night every game from Dale Mitchell. But what a great debut for Mitchell.

    APM

  5. Andrew – tough decisions for a coach. You have to give up a quality player to get a quality player especially a quality goalie. I’d hate to see anybody go at this point. As we’ve seen every year, the team is never the same at the end of the year.

  6. Lavin has over 110 games with Rockford in the AHL over the past 3 years, so he is not a rookie by any means. He should bring size and more grit if needed. Will be a tough decision on who sits or goes to make room. Every one on the team has worked hard to keep the team at the top when 10+ players were called up. Every one deserves to remain but we know that will not happen. Sure like what I saw last night however!

    I expected Greenville come come out in the 3rd period mean and very chippy last night but the final minute of the 2nd period, and the 5-1 score at the end of the 2nd period, took the wind out of the sails, folded like a cheap tent. Guess the 3 beatdowns had something to do with it. However, watch out for Clark, #13 tonight – he is a MAJOR cheapshot artist.

    Langdon got hurt (left ankle) with 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd period. He did not take another shift and was most gingerly skating on it after the game. Anyone know his status?

  7. Out scored, no problem. Out worked, no problem, out hit, no problem. Landry leaving the NCC without paying for his cheap shot on Price, huge problem. What’s going on here?

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