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 Colin Peddle/St. John’s IceCaps)

ST JOHN’S, NL. — This week, the St. John’s IceCaps will play four home games against the Syracuse Crunch and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. The IceCaps will face the Crunch on the 29th and 30th, before facing the Penguins on December third and fourth.

Calendar: November 28 – December 4
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St. John’s IceCaps
  • Last week, the IceCaps faced the Providence Bruins resulting in a win for the Bruins of 1-2 on the 25th, following a win of 4-3 for the IceCaps in a shootout the next night. The IceCaps continue to hold their spot at fourth in the North division, and remain strong in the power play holding the second spot in their division as well.
Players to Watch
  • Nikita Scherbak – After scoring the winning goal against the Bruins on the 26th, Scherbak received the third star of the game. He leads the team with eight goals and seven assists in 20 games played.
  • Bobby Farnham – Farnham holds the top spot for penalty minutes on the team, with 40 minutes overall this season.
Notes Goaltenders
  • Lindgren 9-4-0 | 2.22 GAA | .933 Sv%
  • Yanis 1-2-0 | 3.49 GAA | .886 Sv%

Tuesday and Wednesday November 29th, 30th

Syracuse Crunch
The Syracuse Crunch (10-5-0-1) will face the IceCaps for the first time this season on November 29th and 30th. The Crunch rank second in the North division following close behind the Albany Devils, and hold a spot in the top five in the special teams penalty kill.
Players to Watch
  • Yanni Gourde – Gourde leads the team with four goals and nine assists in 16 games played.
  • Tanner Richard – Richard held a goal streak from November 12th to the 23rd. He has six goals and four assists in 13 games played.
Notes Goaltenders
Former IceCaps Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival, now members of the Crunch, will make their return to St. John’s.
  • Gudlevskis 4-2-1 | 3.18 GAA | .867 Sv%
  • Wilcox 6-3-0 | 2.43 GAA | .908 Sv%
Matchup
November 29th, 30th | St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS (stats as of Nov. 27, 2016) CRUNCH
 21 (4th) Points (Div. Rank) 21 (2nd)
 10-9-1-0 Record 10-5-0-1
5-3-0-0 (home) Home/Away Record 4-4-0-0 (away)
.525 Winning Percentage .656
 61 Goals For 51
 59 Goals Against  46
 23.8% Power-play 16.2%
 79.5% Penalty-kill 80.6%

Season Series – Recap

  • November 29, 2016 | SYR v STJ |
  • November 30, 2016 | SYR v STJ |
  • December 31, 2016 | STJ v SYR |
  • January 7, 2016 | STJ v SYR |
  • February 18, 2016 | SYR v STJ |
  • February 19, 2016 |SYR v STJ |
  • March 8, 2016 | STJ v SYR |
  • March 11, 2016 | STJ v SYR |

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Saturday and Sunday December 3rd, 4th

Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins
  • The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (13-4-2-0) will face the IceCaps for the first time this season on December third and fourth. The Penguins are first overall in the league, and first in special teams Atlantic division for the penalty kill.
Players to Watch
  • Jake Guentzel – Guentzel is the overall rookie leader in the league, and also leads the team with 17 points in 16 games played.
  • Patrick McGrath – McGrath has the most penalty minutes on the team, with an average of 4.11 minutes per game.
Notes Goaltenders
  • The IceCaps have an edge on the Penguins for the power play, as they rank at third in the Eastern conference while the Penguins hold a spot at 12th.
  • Jarry 8-4-1 | 1.99 GAA | .926 Sv%
  • DeSmith 5-0-1 | 1.65 | .938 Sv%
Matchup
December 3rd, 4th | St. John’s, NL. 

ICECAPS (stats as of Nov. 27, 2016) PENGUINS
21 (4th) Points (Div. Rank) 28 (1st)
10-9-1-0 Record 13-4-2-0
5-3-0-0 (home) Home/Away Record 5-2-2-0 (away)
.525 Winning Percentage .737
61 Goals For 56
59 Goals Against  37
23.8% Power-play 13.4%
79.5% Penalty-kill 90.9%

Season Series – Recap

  • December 3, 2016 | WBS v STJ |
  • December 4, 2016 | WBS v STJ |
  • February 3, 2016 | STJ v WBS |
  • February 8, 2016 | STJ v WBS |

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