IceCaps Weekly Forecast | Tough Test for Caps vs Penguins, Phantoms

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(Photo by Rick Stephens | 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 Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

ST JOHN’S, NL. — This week, St. John’s IceCaps continue their road trip facing the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The IceCaps will first travel to Pennsylvania to face the Penguins on the 8th, before continuing to Lehigh Valley to face the Phantoms for a pair on the 10th and 11th.

Calendar: February 6 – February 12
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
     
 
 
    AWAY   AWAY AWAY  

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St. John’s IceCaps
  • January proved to be a hard month for the IceCaps, as the team only won three games in total. However, the team remains at third in the North division and move down three spots in the league taking 19th place. February may be looking better for the IceCaps as they won their first game this month against the Penguins, who they will face later this week as well.
Players to Watch
Notes Goaltenders
  • Lindgren 15-12-3 | 2.80 GAA | .910 Sv% 
  • Danis 6-5-3 | 2.98 GAA | .904 Sv%

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Wednesday February 8th

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Following a loss to the ‘Caps last week, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (34-10-3-0) will be looking for redemption in their second game against the IceCaps this month. The Penguins remain at first in the Atlantic division, as well as first in the league overall.
Players to Watch
  • Josh Archibald – Archibald is second in the league for plus-minus with plus-24. 
  • Tom Sestito – Sestito is fourth in the league for shooting percentage at 26.1.
Notes Goaltenders
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton always proves to be a tough test for the IceCaps as the Penguins hold a 17-5-1-0 advantage all-time against St.John’s.
  • Jarry 20-8-1 | 2.24 GAA | .920 Sv% 
  • DeSmith 13-2-2 | 2.26 GAA | .913 Sv%
Matchup
February 8 | Wilkes-Barre, PA.

PENGUINS (stats as of Feb. 6, 2016) ICECAPS
 71 (1st) Points (Div. Rank)  48 (3rd)
 34-10-3-0 Record 21-20-5-1
 18-5-0-0 (home) Home/Away Record 11-10-3-1 (away)
.755 Winning Percentage .511
 166 Goals For 129
 111 Goals Against  145
 17.2% Power-play 19.2%
 86.9% Penalty-kill 77.4%

Season Series – Recap

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Friday, Saturday February 10th, 11th

Lehigh Valley Phantoms
  • The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (30-13-2-0) hold the second spot in the Atlantic Division, as well as the second spot in the league overall. This is the first time the two teams will meet this season, and the Phantoms will have an edge on the IceCaps as they are ahead of them in both the special teams penalty kill and power-play.
Players to Watch
  • Jordan Weal – Weal is the second in the league with 45 points in 42 games played. 
  • Greg Carey – Carey is the first in the league for goals (22) and power-play goals (14).
Notes Goaltenders
According to phantomshockey.com the Phantoms are currently the highest-scoring team in the AHL averaging 3.62 goals per game.
  • Lyon 19-8-2 | 2.67 GAA | .911 Sv%
  • Stolarz 10-5-0 | 2.75 GAA | .911 Sv%
Matchup
February 10, 11 | Allentown, PA.

PHANTOMS (stats as of Feb. 6, 2017) ICECAPS
62 (2nd) Points (Div. Rank) 48 (3rd)
30-13-2-0 Record 21-20-5-1
15-5-1-0 (home) Home/Away Record 11-10-3-1 (away)
.689 Winning Percentage .511
163 Goals For 129
127 Goals Against  145
23.6% Power-play 19.2%
82.1% Penalty-kill 77.4%

Season Series – Recap

  • February 10, 2017 |STJ v LV|
  • February 11, 2017 |STJ v LV|
  • March 21, 2017 |LV v STJ|
  • March 22, 2017 |LV v STJ|

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