UTICA COMETS (13-7-1-0) vs. TORONTO MARLIES (14-3-2-1)
Coca-Cola Coliseum, 4 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets battle the Toronto Marlies for the second day in a row. Puck drop is at 4 p.m.
Last Game: Reid Boucher scored his league-leading 15th of the year late in the third period and helped propel the Utica Comets past the Toronto Marlies by a 4-3 score on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena. Sven Baertschi, Justin Bailey, and Kole Lind also scored for Utica. Michael DiPietro made 22 saves to pick up the win.
Head to Head: This is only the second meeting between the Comets and Marlies this year. Utica won the first contest between the two yesterday. The Comets are 12-16-1-2 in the last five seasons against the Marlies and 6-9-0-1 on the road against Toronto in the last five years.
Scouting the Marlies: Toronto comes in with a record of 14-3-2-1 and sits in first place in the North Division. Pontus Aberg leads the offense with 23 points, followed by Kenny Agostino with 20 points. Joseph Woll is the top active goaltender with a record of 4-2-2, a 3.21 goals-against average, and a .895 save percentage.
On the Road Again: The Comets are on the road for the fourth time in the last five games, but that hasn’t been an issue for them so far this year. Utica has won four of their last five games away from home, outscoring opponents 20-15 in those games. Overall, the Comets are 7-2-0-0 away from the Adirondack Bank Center this year.
Power Surge: The Comets power play just keeps humming along. Utica has scored at least one power play goal in eight straight games, going 13-37 (35.1%) during that stretch. Additionally, the Comets have four games with more than one power play goals during that time span. Utica’s power play ranks fifth in the league at 22.5%.
Red Hot: Sven Baertschi has been unstoppable with the Comets this season. Baertschi is coming into today’s game with a four-game point streak where he’s earned six points (2-4-6). He also has at least one point in all but one game with Utica this season. The veteran has 14 points (4-10-14) in nine games with the Comets.
Kole Lind, Bay-Bay: Kole Lind continues to improve each and every game. Lind has four points (1-3-4) in his last three games and has recorded five multi-point games so far this season. The second year forward has 16 points (4-12-16) in 21 games this year.
Next Game: The Comets return to the ice Friday night when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Box Office, over the phone by calling (315) 790-9070, or online at www.empirestatetix.com. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHLTV.