UTICA COMETS (8-2-0-0) vs. BINGHAMTON DEVILS (3-7-2-0)
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, 7:05 p.m.
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Tonight’s Game: The Utica Comets look to stay undefeated on the road as they face off against the Binghamton Devils. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Last Game: The Comets were unable to muster up any offense as they suffered a 6-0 loss to the Rochester Americans Saturday night at the Adirondack Bank Center. Zane McIntyre stopped 13 of 17 shots before being relieved by Michael DiPietro. DiPietro made 14 saves on 16 shots faced.
Head to Head: This is the fourth contest between the North Division rivals this season. The Comets lead the season series 3-0-0-0 and won the most recent matchup 3-1. Utica has outscored Binghamton 12-5 through three games. Reid Boucher leads all scorers with six points.
Scouting the Devils: Binghamton comes into tonight’s game with a record of 3-7-2-0 and sits in last place in the North Division. They most recently fell to the Syracuse Crunch 3-2 last Saturday. Brett Seney paces the offense with 11 points, followed by Chris Conner and Ben Street with 10 points apiece. Gilles Senn is the top netminder with a record of 2-2-1, a 2.95 goals-against average, and a .894 save percentage.
Road Warriors: The Comets have been very good on the road to start the season. Utica has won three in a row away from the Adirondack Bank Center and is one of only three teams in the AHL to not have a loss on the road. The Comets are outscoring opponents 10-7 away from home so far this season.
Young Guns: Brogan Rafferty and Olli Juolevi have been stellar on the blue line for Utica to start the year. Both are tied for the most points by defenseman on the team with five apiece. All five of Juolevi’s points are assists while Rafferty has a goal and four assists. Rafferty is also tied for third in the league in plus/minus with a +9.
Spreading It Out: The depth of the Comets has shown up well against the Devils this season. Through three games, 13 of 24 players who have played a game against Binghamton have recorded at least one point. Additionally, eight players have tallied two or more points and three players (Reid Boucher, Kole Lind, and Francis Perron) have notched five or more points in three games against the Devils.
Playing Ahead: It will be important for the Comets to strike early and often in tonight’s contest. The Comets are 6-0-0-0 when scoring the first goal so far this season. Furthermore, Utica is 5-0-0-0 when leading after the first period and 7-0-0-0 when leading after two periods.
Next Game: The Comets are back in action Friday night when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to use the ticket exchange website, StubHub!. The game can be heard on 94.9 KROCK and viewed on AHL TV.