IceCaps Weekly Forecast | ‘Caps On the Road vs Marlies, Comets, Crunch

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(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

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. — After a week long break, the St. John’s IceCaps hit the road to face the Toronto Marlies, Utica Comets and the Syracuse Crunch. The IceCaps first head to Ontario to face the Marlies on the 26th and the Comets on the 28th and 30th, before heading to New York on New Years Eve to face the Crunch.

Calendar: December 26 – January 1
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
   
 
AWAY   AWAY   AWAY AWAY  

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St. John’s IceCaps
  • Following one win and two overtime losses in their last three games, the St. John’s IceCaps are in third place in the North division, just ahead of their rivals the Toronto Marlies. The IceCaps are second in the league for their power-play success rate on the road, and first in the league for their road penalty-killing record. The effectiveness of IceCaps special teams may give them an edge on this week’s games.
Players to Watch
  • Sven Andrighetto – The 5-foot-10-inch forward is maintaining a point-a-game pace with 22 points in 19 games with the IceCaps this season.
  • Brett Lernout – The native of Winnipeg combines an ability to move the puck with strong physical presence. Lernout has nine assists this season.
Notes Goaltenders
Sven Andrighetto and Joel Hanley were assigned to the IceCaps on December 23rd. Michael McCarron, Chris Terry and Mark Barberio remain with the Canadiens.
  • Lindgren 10-7-0 | 2.60 GAA | .921 Sv%
  • Danis 4-2-0 | 3.17 GAA | .901 Sv%

Monday December 26th

Toronto Marlies
The Toronto Marlies (13-12-1-1) and the IceCaps have been pretty consistent when facing each other this season, resulting in two wins for the Marlies and two wins for the IceCaps in four games played. The Marlies rank at fourth in the North division following close behind the Albany Devils, and hold the second spot for the special teams power-play.
Players to Watch
  • Kasperi Kapanen – Kapanen is the third overall leader in the league for goals with 13 in 25 games played.
  • Andrew Nielsen – Nielsen is the rookie leader in the league for power-play assists, and the second rookie leader for power-play points.
Notes Goaltenders
Goaltender Antoine Bibeau was recalled by the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 20th. Jhonas Enroth has been loaned to the Marlies.
  • Bibeau 7-6-2 | 2.48 GAA | .910 Sv%
  • Sparks 4-2-0 | 2.36 GAA | .913 Sv%
Matchup
December 26 | Toronto, ON.

MARLIES  (stats as of Dec. 23, 2016) ICECAPS
27 (4th) Points (Div. Rank) 29 (3rd)
13-12-1-1 Record 14-12-3-0
9-4-0-0 (home) Home/Away Record 6-6-3-0 (away)
.519 Winning Percentage .534
 79 Goals For 86
 75 Goals Against  89
 24.2% Power-play 25.4%
 78.3% Penalty-kill 79.4%

Season Series – Recap

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Wednesday, Friday December 28th, 30th

Utica Comets
  • Following three previous losses to the IceCaps this season, the Utica Comets (10-14-3-1) will meet the ‘Caps for a pair this week. The Utica Comets rank fifth in the north division behind the Toronto Marlies, and hold the third spot in the special teams power-play.
Players to Watch
  • Joseph LaBate – LaBate holds the fifth spot in the league for major penalties with four this season.
  • Curtis Valk – Valk is one of the leaders on the team with 16 points in 27 games played.
Notes Goaltenders
Coming into the December 28th game with the IceCaps, the Comets are winless in their past six. 
  • Demo 7-7-2 | 2.81 GAA | .901 Sv%
  • Bachman 3-6-0 | 3.40 GAA | .876 Sv%
Matchup
December 28, 30 | Utica, NY.

COMETS (stats as of Dec. 23, 2016) ICECAPS
28 (5th) Points (Div. Rank) 29 (3rd)
10-14-3-1 Record 14-12-3-0
6-7-1-0 (home) Home/Away Record 6-6-3-0 (away)
.429 Winning Percentage .534
67 Goals For 86
87 Goals Against  89
19.4% Power-play 25.4%
80.5% Penalty-kill 79.4%

Season Series – Recap

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Saturday December 31st

Syracuse Crunch
  • The Syracuse Crunch (16-8-0-3) are the leading team in the north division and rank fourth overall in the league. The two teams first met for a pair back in November, resulting in a win for the Crunch, following a shootout win for the IceCaps the next night.
Players to Watch
  • Mike Halmo – Halmo has scored four winning goals so far this season.
  • Matt Taormina – Taormina is the third defenseman leader in the league for points with 24 in 22 games played.
Notes Goaltenders
Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Michael Bournival from the Crunch on December 22nd. Bournival is a former Canadiens prospect playing with the IceCaps in 2015-16. 
  • Wilcox 11-4-1 | 2.30 GAA | .916 Sv%
  • Gudlevskis 5-4-2 | 2.89 GAA | .884 Sv%
Matchup
December 31 | Syracuse, NY.

CRUNCH (stats as of Dec. 23, 2016) ICECAPS
27 (1st) Points (Div. Rank) 29 (3rd)
16-8-0-3 Record 14-12-3-0
10-2-0-1 (home) Home/Away Record 6-6-3-0 (away)
.648 Winning Percentage .534
88 Goals For 86
75 Goals Against  89
16.8% Power-play 25.4%
83.5% Penalty-kill 79.4%

Season Series – Recap

  • November 29, 2016 | SYR v STJ | Crunch-IceCaps: Penalty Parade Hands Syracuse A Win
  • November 30, 2016 | SYR v STJ |Crunch-IceCaps: Another Shootout, Another Win
  • 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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