Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin / TSG Photo

Friday starts a four game stretch for the Marlies which will see the Toronto team span all of Canada’s time zones. With only four points between the Marlies and the western conference leading Texas Stars, four wins could go a long way to earning the top spot. The Marlies will start Friday evening in St. John’s for the first of back-to-back games against the IceCaps. Here are six things you should know ahead of the game:

  • The most recent in a long string of Marlies to head to the NHL club this season, Joe Colborne is presently featured on the Maple Leafs roster – meaning no dice for Friday’s game against St. John’s
  • The Marlies are on an incredible streak that have seen them pick up at least one point in 11 of the last 12 games
  • It’s hard not to love Jerry D’Amigo right now – not only is his beard coming back in fine form, but he has been on of the Marlies hottest scorers with four goals and five points over the past six games
  • Sitting 14th in the Eastern Conference means the IceCaps playoff hopes are all but extinguished – but don’t be fooled, St. John’s has strung together four straight wins
  • Here’s one I love: after the Maple Leafs moved their AHL affiliate from St. John’s to Toronto the people of Newfoundland went years before pro hockey returned with the relocation of the Manitoba Moose. Oddly enough, the last game that had been played at Mile One Centre was a playoff battle between – yupp, you guessed it – the Moose and St. John’s Maple Leafs.
  • Tune into all the action on AHL Live starting at 6pm EST with Jon Abbott

As always, catch me on twitter (@chansler) any remaining lineup news and notes ahead of the game.

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5:38pm

EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP

IN GOAL: #34 Drew MacIntyre

FOWARD LINES
Ross – Connolly – Zigomanis
D’Amigo – Acton – Scott
Abbott – McKegg – Lasch
Devane – Carrick – Ryan

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Rielly – Holzer
Ranger – Blacker
Marshall – Komisarek

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