Photo courtesy of Graig Able / Abel Photography

Photo courtesy of Graig Able / Abel Photography

 

Alright, this is where the real fun begins. Eleven games and counting left in the 2012/13 season. Marlies are in Rochester in their final game of their seven game road trip and – like all of us – want to return home on a winning note. There are six things I have strung together to keep in mind ahead of the game, and if you’ve gone this far you’re just as well continuing on. Right?

  • The straps continue to tighten in the Western Conference playoff race as the Marlies presently sit in the second spot, but are only four points ahead of Rochester – the difference between earning or losing home ice advantage
  • Ahead of their loss on Wednesday to Rockford, the Marlies had collected at least a point in eight straight games – tallying six wins and two shootout losses along the way
  • Drew MacIntyre has only two regulation losses over his last ten starts, allowing a goals against average of 2.0 along the way
  • While Toronto has 14 points in the past nine games, Rochester has won three of their last four – which has kept them in the playoff race
  • David Leggio has started 16 of the Americans past 18 games – which works well for the Marlies as he has only four wins in his past 20 starts against the Toronto team
  • Now I know it’s a holiday Friday, but really isn’t that all the more reason to tune into all the action starting at 7pm on AHL Live

Catch me on twitter (@chansler) for lineup news and notes ahead of puck drop. But here’s one for now (ya know, in good faith) the Toronto Maple Leafs returned Jesse Blacker to the Marlies on Thursday.

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4:39PM

Hear from Jerry D’Amigo ahead of the game

 

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6:29pm

EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP

IN GOAL: #34 Drew MacIntyre

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

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Rielly – Holzer
Ranger – Gysbers
Marshall – Yeo

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Gra/1332199880 Jim Gra

    lets go Marlies

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