Usually I’m game for coincidental stats. But this time I’m not too hot on it.
The Marlies are coming off a 4-3 shootout win. It’s only the second time they have seen the shootout this season. The first time was a Sunday home game against Grand Rapids. A contest the Griffins won 4-3.
Do you see what I’m talking about? A little close for comfort.
That said, I’m all about turning a new leaf; putting past demons behind me; and improving on lessons learned. I don’t expect the Marlies to take this game to shootout, and if they happen to, they’ll yearn for an outcome different then last time.
Grand Rapids comes to town with a day’s rest, following a shutout loss to Peoria (no, there was no bus ride to Peoria – if that’s what you were thinking). Here are my notes ahead of the game:
- Saturday’s win was the Marlies first when not scoring on the powerplay
- Matt Frattin’s goal with 9.5 seconds left in the third, was the forward’s first in five games; though he has collected four assists along the way
- Ryan Hamilton, Keith Aucoin and Jake Gardiner were all out of the lineup Saturday
- Jussi Rynnas likely to get the start between the pipes, the Finnish netminder has a 3-0-1 record this season, 0.938 save percentage and a 1.93 goals against average
- Earlier in the season Grand Rapids strung together eight straight wins, but since have a 4-3 record
- Only Joakim Anderson has strung together goals in consecutive games over the past six contests, and is one of only two players to have scored in multiple games over the same period
Sunday is the first of three straight home games on Rogers TV in HD. Tune in as Jon Abbott and Bob McGill bring you all the action from Ricoh Coliseum starting at 3pm. The Marlies twosome is pulling triple duty on Sunday, as you can also listen to them on TSN 1050 and AHL Live. But with all this work, be sure to go easy on them and lend ’em a follow on twitter – @HockeyAbbs and @bigdaddymcgill.
As for me, catch me on twitter (@chansler) as I will make lineup news and notes available as they are released.
EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP
IN GOAL: #40 Jussi Rynnas
D’Amigo – Kadri – Frattin
Hamilton – Aucoin – Abbott
Ashton – Colborne – Deschamps
McKegg – Acton – Ryan
Ranger – Kostka
Fraser – Holzer
Blacker – Gysbers