COMETS CLOSE OUT FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST DEVILSOct 25, 2019
UTICA COMETS (5-0-0-0) vs. BINGHAMTON DEVILS (2-3-2-0)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets wrap up a four-game homestand and look to stay undefeated against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: Zane McIntyre stopped 45 of 46 shots and the Comets penalty kill went 8-8 as Utica dominated the Rochester Americans 7-1 Saturday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Reid Boucher scored twice while Sven Baertschi, Wacey Hamilton, Zack MacEwen, Nikolay Goldobin, and Lukas Jasek chipped in with a goal apiece.
Head to Head: This is the second meeting between the Comets and Devils this season. Utica won the first meeting of the two teams 4-3 back on October 5. The Comets are 9-5-2-0 in the last five seasons at home against Binghamton.
Scouting the Devils: Binghamton comes in with a record of 2-3-2-0 and sits in fifth place in the North Division. They most recently topped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-1 Wednesday night. Brett Seney leads the offense with nine points, followed by Chris Conner with eight points. Evan Cormier is the top goaltender with a 1-2-1 record, a 3.29 goals-against average, and .908 save percentage.
Light It Up: The Comets offense has been scoring goals at a break-neck pace this season. Utica has scored 21 goals over the last three games and 29 overall so far this year. The Comets have scored at least four goals in each game so far, lead by Reid Boucher with eight.
Just Killin’ It: The Comets penalty kill has been outstanding to start this season. Utica has killed off 17 straight penalties and 23 of 25 total penalties so far this season, including a perfect 8-8 performance last Saturday. The Comets penalty kill ranks fourth in the league at 92% this year.
Balanced Attack: Utica has gotten offense from all over the lineup to start the season. Of the 23 skaters to have played at least one game this year, all but four have recorded at least one point. Six of those players have five or more points and one player (Reid Boucher) has tallied 10 points this year.
The Gaud Returns: Adam Gaudette returns to Utica for the first time since February 10. Gaudette impressed in his short stint with the Comets last year, tallying 11 points (5-6-11) in 14 games. The forward has appeared in 64 career NHL games, picking up 13 points (5-8-13).
Next Game: The Comets go right back at it tomorrow night on the road against the Hershey Bears. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.