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 play two road games facing the Springfield Thunderbirds and the Albany Devils. The Ice Caps head to Massachusetts to face the Thunderbirds on November 11th, before continuing to New York on the 12th to face the Devils.

Calendar: November 7 – 13
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
       
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St. John’s IceCaps
  • Last week, the Ice Caps had three consecutive wins against the Utica Comets and the Toronto Marlies, before a 3-2 loss to the Marlies on the sixth. The IceCaps hold their spot at fifth in the North division with six wins, one loss, and one overtime loss in 12 games played.
Players to Watch
  • Charles Hudon – Hudon ranks fifth in the league with 12 points in 12 games played.
  • Nikita Scherbak – After a slow start, Scherbak has been on fire playing with Daniel Audette and Charles Hudon. Scherbak had a six game point streak that came to an end on Sunday after recording five goals, three assists for eight points.
Notes Goaltenders
  • Canadiens recalled Sven Andrighetto from St. John’s on November 7th.
  • The IceCaps announced on November 3rd that they signed Julien Brouillette to a PTO contract.
  • Canadiens recalled Daniel Carr and Joel Hanley from the IceCaps on November 2nd.
  • Lindgren 6-1-0 | 2.28 GAA | .932 Sv%
  • Danis 0-1-1 | 4.47 GAA | .862 Sv%

Since being re-assigned to the Brampton Beast, Zach Fucale has a record of 1-1-0 with a 3.84 GAA and .862 Sv%.

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Friday November 11th

Springfield Thunderbirds
The Springfield Thunderbirds (5-4-1-0) face the IceCaps on Friday November 11th. This is their second game against the IceCaps this season, following a win of 5-4 in overtime on October 22nd. The Thunderbirds rank fifth in the Atlantic division, just behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Players to Watch
  • Chase Balisy – With two goals and five assists this season, Chase Balisy leads the team.
  • Ian McCoshen – After scoring the only goal against the Binghamton Senators Sunday night, defenseman Ian McCoshen received the second star of the game.
Notes Goaltenders
 The IceCaps may look to win the special teams battle in Springfield this weekend. The Thunderbirds are in the bottom five in the league in both power-play and penalty-kill efficiency.
  • Berra 3-2-0 | 2.21 GAA | .916 Sv%
  • McKenna 2-1-1 | 2.96 GAA | .900 Sv%
Matchup
November 11 | Springfield, MA.

THUNDERBIRDS (stats as of Nov. 6, 2016) ICECAPS
 11 (5th) Points (Div. Rank) 13 (4th)
 5-4-1-0 Record 6-5-1-0
 2-2-1-0 (home) Home/Away Record 2-3-1-0 (away)
.550 Winning Percentage .542
 22 Goals For 42
 26 Goals Against  39
 10.0% Power-play 28.0%
 76.7% Penalty-kill 80.0%

Season Series – Recap

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Saturday November 12th

Albany Devils 
  • The Albany Devils (6-4-0-0) face the St. John’s IceCaps on Saturday November 12th. Their most recent loss against the Hershey Bears rank them third in the North division. This is the second time the Devils and the IceCaps meet this season.
Players to Watch
  • John Quenneville – A center for the Devils, Quenneville leads the team with four goals and two assists this season.
  • Blake Pietila – Pietila follows close behind Quenneville, with three goals and three assists this season.
Notes Goaltenders
 The Devils are strong on the penalty-kill ranking fourth in the league this season. Albany does have a struggling power-play ranked 27th in the league.
  • Wedgewood 3-3-0 | 2.35 GAA | .916 Sv%
  • Blackwood 2-1-0 | 3.38 GAA |.902 Sv%
Matchup
November 12 | Albany, NY.

DEVILS (stats as of Nov. 6, 2016) ICECAPS
12 (3rd) Points (Div. Rank) 13 (4th)
6-4-0-0 Record 6-5-1-0
4-1-0-0 (home) Home/Away Record 2-3-1-0 (away)
.600 Winning Percentage .542
25 Goals For 42
27 Goals Against  39
11.4% Power-play 28.0%
89.1% Penalty-kill 80.0%

Season Series – Recap

  • October 15, 2016 | STJ 2 ALB 5 | Gritty Hockey Leaves Caps Still Searching for a Win
  • November 12, 2016 | STJ  ALB |
  • January 4, 2017 | STJ  ALB |
  • January 21, 2017 | ALB  STJ|
  • January 22, 2017 | ALB  STJ |
  • February 24, 2017 | ALB STJ |
  • February 25, 2017 | ALB STJ |
  • April 7, 2017 | STJ  ALB |

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