COMETS HEAD SOUTH TO BATTLE PENGUINSFeb 16, 2019
UTICA COMETS (27-19-4-2) vs. WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS (24-21-4-2)
Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the first time this season. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets got four goals from four different players to top the Laval Rocket 4-1 Wednesday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Jonah Gadjovich, Lukas Jasek, Tanner Kero, and Evan McEneny found the net for Utica. Michael Leighton made 20 saves in the win.
Head-to-Head: This is the first meeting between the Comets and Penguins this season. Utica took last year’s season series, winning both games. The Comets are 4-3-1-0 in the last five years against the Penguins.
Scouting the Penguins: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton comes in with a record of 24-21-4-2 and sits in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. They most recently fell to the Hershey Bears 4-2 in a shootout Wednesday night. Ethan Prow leads the active roster with 38 points, followed by Joseph Blandisi with 32 points. Tristan Jarry is the top netminder with a record of 15-9-4, a 2.75 goals-against average, and .912 save percentage.
Streaking: The Comets have been rolling so far in February. Utica is riding a five-game point streak heading into tonight. Additionally, the Comets have recorded at least a point in nine straight games against teams from the Atlantic Division. Utica is 4-1-1-0 overall in February so far.
Blue Line Offense: Evan McEneny has stepped up his offensive game. McEneny is on a three-game point streak and has picked up four points (2-2-4) in his last five games. McEneny is having a career season, tallying 27 points (8-19-27) in 50 games this year.
Catching Fire: Jonathan Dahlen is heating up on offense. Dahlen is on a five-game point streak, collecting six points (3-3-6) during that span. The streak is also a career-high for him. The rookie forward has 28 points (14-14-28) in 48 games this season.
High Powered: The Comets power play is on fire. Utica is operating at 40% on the man advantage over the last five games and have recorded three games with more than one power play goals. The Comets power play ranks 10th in the league at 10.5%.
Next Game: The Comets are back at it tomorrow night as they host the Cleveland Monsters. Puck drop is at 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange site, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.