UTICA COMETS (31-26-9) vs. WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS (45-18-3)
Mohegan Sun Arena, 3:05 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It is the third meeting of the teams this year and the first at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Puck drops at 3:05 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets suffered a 5-1 defeat to the Syracuse Crunch last night. Mike Zalewski struck first to give the Comets a 1-0 lead halfway through the opening frame. Chad Billins and Pascal Pelletier picked up the assists. A minute and a half later, Cory Conacher buried a rebound to tie the game at one. With eight minutes remaining in the second, Henri Ikonen tipped a shot from Adam Comrie to take a 2-1 lead on the power play. John Kurtz extended the lead to 3-1 five minutes into the final frame. Byron Froese made it 4-1 with a one-timer on the power play with 11 minutes to go in the third. Cory Conacher concluded the scoring with a breakaway goal to make it 5-1 with 6:30 remaining in the game. Thatcher Demko finished with 28 saves and his record falls to 19-13-4.
Head-to-Head: The Comets and Penguins have split the season series with one win apiece. The Comets won the most recent meeting, a 2-1 win at the AUD back on February 24. Several players are tied for the series lead with two points. The Comets are 4-4-1 all time against the Penguins
Scouting the Penguins: The Penguins sit atop the Atlantic Division with a .705 points percentage and are coming off a 4-0 win to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last night. Tom Kostopoulos leads the active roster with 51 points, followed by Kevin Porter with 44 points. Tristan Jarry, who collected the shutout last night, leads the goaltenders with a 27-14-1 record, a 2.19 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.
Career Mark: Pascal Pelletier has checked off another career milestone. With an assist last night, Pelletier picked up his 600th professional point. The forward has tallied 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 46 games this season.
Power Outage: The Comets power play has gone cold throughout this six game road trip. Through four games, the Comets are 1-13 on the man advantage.
Atlantic Look: The Comets have played .500 hockey against Atlantic Division teams over the last month. In the last eight games, the Comets hold a 4-4-0 record with their most recent victory coming this past Sunday at Providence. The Comets are 11-11-1 overall against Atlantic Division teams this season.
Road Trippin’: The Comets six-game road trip rolls on into this afternoon’s matchup. The Comets are 2-2-0 on this road trip and have not lost consecutive road games since February 17 and February 19. The Comets hold a 15-14-3-1 record on the road this season.
Next Game: The Comets will be back in action Friday night at the Rochester Americans. Puck drop from Blue Cross Arena is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL Live.