Oh these three-in-three weekends.
I don’t know how the players do it. But year after year they always manage. Far be it from me to be the guy complaining!
It’s game two of three straight for the Toronto team, who is coming off a victory in Rochester on Friday. Both the Americans and the Marlies travel to Toronto through the night in preparation for a Saturday night showdown at Ricoh Coliseum.
So far in their season long series the Marlies have collected a victory in both their home building and on the road. But, as always, that’s no reason to lower their guard. The Americans have only one victory in their last five and are likely hungry to return to the fortune they experienced in October – where they went six straight without a regulation loss.
Without further delay, here are my notes ahead of the game:
- Marlies are 3-0 in the middle game of three-in-threes this season
- Goal scoring will likely continue to be at a premium as all 10 games last season between these two divisional foes were decided by only a singly tally
- Matt Frattin continues to score at a torrid pace, when you combine his seven goals in six games this season with his 2012 playoff totals gives the sophomore winger 17 goals in 19 straight games
- Special teams were the name of the game on Friday as the Marlies shutout the Americans in all four of their opportunities with the extra man while Toronto managed to collect one on the powerplay
- Both Maxime Legault and Marcus Foligno had strong nights for Rochester on Friday in the offensive zone while David Leggio – despite allowing three goals – made several impressive stops
Alright, here’s the part you all love so much. Saturday’s game can be caught on a plethora of platforms. The familiar tandem of Joe Bowen and Greg Millen will guide you through all the action on Sportsnet One starting at 7:00pm. Filling the radio role, Jon Abbott and Bob McGill will keep all tuned in to TSN1050 informed with their descriptive calls of the game. Abbott and McGill also bring you the game via the internet on AHL Live – the audio feed is always free and video of the game costs only a few dollars.
For all those wondering – the Game in Six and Game in an Hour formats will be available following the game on MapleLeafs.com and Leafs TV respectively.
As always, find me on twitter (@chansler) as I try to bring you all the lineup news and notes as they become available.