IceCaps Weekly Forecast gives a first look of the week ahead for your St. John’s IceCaps. Staff writer Danielle Barnes maps out the schedule, provides a statistical comparison of each matchup, identifies players to watch, as well as goaltenders and notes for each team. Refer to this page as your guide for each game in the IceCaps schedule this week. 

by Danielle Barnes, Staff Writer, AHL Report

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

ST JOHN’S, NL. — This week, the St. John’s IceCaps will face the Utica Comets and the Albany Devils. The ‘Caps will first face the Comets for a pair on the 17th and 18th, following another pair against the Devils on the 21st and 22nd.

Calendar: January 16 – 22
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St. John’s IceCaps
  • Following one overtime loss and one-win last week against the Hartford Wolf Pack, the St. John’s IceCaps rank at third in the north division. The IceCaps new players seem to be working well with the team, as both Camara and and Ranger scored in Saturday night’s game against the Hartford wolf pack.
Players to Watch
  • Stefan Matteau – Matteau is the second leader in the league for penalty minutes, with a total of 83 minutes in 32 games played this season.
  • Bobby Farnham – Farnham has played 33 out of 38 games this season, and has 10 points so far.
Notes Goaltenders
 

  • Lindgren 13-9-3 | 2.67 GAA | .915 Sv% 
  • Danis 6-2-2 | 2.79 GAA | .911 Sv%

 

Tuesday and Wednesday January 17th, 18th

Utica Comets
The Utica Comets (15-16-5-1) rank at forth in the north division. The Comets have yet to defeat the IceCaps in any of their previous games this season, but remain ahead of them in the penalty kill, which has hindered the ‘Caps in previous games.
Players to Watch
  • Alexandre Grenier – Grenier leads the team with 31 points in 35 games played. He also held a goal streak from December 31st to January 11th
  • Wacey Hamilton – Hamilton has the most penalty minutes on the team, with 48 so far this season.
Notes Goaltenders
Defenseman Jordan Subban has been assigned to the AHL All-Star Classic Atlantic division roster.
  • Bachman 9-8-3 | 2.84 GAA | .901 Sv% 
  • Demko 6-7-1 | 2.82 GAA | .902 Sv%
Matchup
January 17th, 18th | St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS (stats as of Jan. 15, 2017) COMETS
 43 (3rd) Points (Div. Rank) 36 (4th)
19-14-4-1 Record 15-16-5-1
9-6-1-0 (home) Home/Away Record 7-8-2-1 (away)
.566 Winning Percentage .486
 109 Goals For 89
 114 Goals Against  110
22.8% Power-play 17.1%
 76.5% Penalty-kill 80.6%

Season Series – Recap

Saturday and Sunday January 21st, 22nd

Albany Devils
The Albany Devils (22-15-1-1) hold their spot at second in the north division. The devils have defeated the IceCaps in all previous games played this season, and remain strong in the special teams penalty kill.
Players to Watch
  • John Quenneville – Quenneville is the fifth overall rookie leader in the league. He is also the third rookie leader for both shots (89) and power-play points (14). 
  • Andrew MacWilliam – MacWilliam is the third defenseman leader for major penalties with five so far this season.
Notes Goaltenders
Two of the Devils forwards Joe Blandsi and John Quenneville have been named to the AHL All-Star Classic north division roster.
  • Blackwood 7-7-2 | 3.20 GAA | .888 Sv%
  • Appleby 10-5-0 | 1.87 GAA | .929 Sv%
Matchup
January 21st, 22nd | St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS (stats as of Jan. 15, 2017) DEVILS
 43 (3rd) Points (Div. Rank) 46 (2nd)
19-14-4-1 Record 22-15-1-1
9-6-1-0 (home) Home/Away Record 9-10-0-1 (away)
.566 Winning Percentage .590
 109 Goals For 109
 114 Goals Against  102
22.8% Power-play 17.4%
 76.5% Penalty-kill 83.0%

Season Series – Recap