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.
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