COMETS FACE DEVILS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT HOME GAMEDec 27, 2018
UTICA COMETS (16-14-2-1) vs. BINGHAMTON DEVILS (14-17-3-0)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets faceoff against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets fell behind midway through the second period and were unable to rally in a 4-3 loss to the Binghamton Devils Saturday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Tanner Kero, Reid Boucher, and Darren Archibald scored for Utica. Thatcher Demko made 21 saves in the loss.
Head-to-Head: This is the sixth meeting between Binghamton and Utica this season. The Devils lead the season series 3-2-0-0 and won the most recent meeting 4-3 last Saturday. Binghamton has outscored Utica 19-18 through five games.
Scouting the Devils: Binghamton comes in with a record of 14-17-3-0 and sits in sixth place in the North Division. They most recently fell to the Syracuse Crunch 6-3 last night. Michael McLeod leads the offense with 20 points followed by Marian Studenic and Nick Lappin with 19 points apiece. Cam Johnson leads all active goaltenders with a 5-6-0 record, a 4.09 goals-against average and .861 save percentage
Big Guns: The Comets top players typically come to play against Binghamton. Reid Boucher, Tanner Kero, and Zack MacEwen all have at least four points in five games against the Devils. Boucher has six points in three games, MacEwen has notched five points in five games, and Kero has four points in five games. Look for another big night from this trio.
Unstoppable: Opposing teams have had a hard time slowing down Zack MacEwen this season. MacEwen is riding a six-game point streak and has points in 12 of his last 13 games (6-7-13). The second-year forward as already topped his career-high in goals with 13 this season and is seven points shy of matching his career-high in points. In total, MacEwen has 26 points (13-13-26) in 32 games this season.
Streaking: Darren Archibald is riding a nice little streak. Archibald is on a three-game point streak where he has picked up three points (3-0-3). He also has eight points (6-2-8) in his last 10 games. The veteran forward has 14 points (10-4-14) in 20 games with Utica this year.
Bounce Back: After going five straight games without a power play goal, the Comets power play was able to rebound. Utica went 2-6 on the man advantage last Saturday after going 0-17 through five games. The Comets will have a chance to improve on that when their eighth ranked power play goes up against Binghamton’s worst ranked penalty kill.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action tomorrow night when the hit the road to take on the Syracuse Crunch in Game Three of the Galaxy Cup series. Puck drop at the Onondaga County Veteran’s Memorial Arena is at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.