Toronto vs Hamilton

We all have new year’s resolutions, right?

Even if we don’t write them down or announce them in front of a group, I’m sure we all make them. Perhaps it’s buying a house, getting a promotion, hitting the gym or something as simple as trying one thing new. I think we all make them.

If I were to draw up the Marlies resolution for the new year it would look something like this:

Don’t Change a Thing!

The Toronto club sits atop of the Western Conference, tied with Charlotte but holding three games in hand over their Carolina compatriots. The Marlies have gathered at least a single point over the last night games and started 2013 off nicely with three powerplay goals against Hamilton.

As Ricoh welcomes the visiting Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, the first meeting between them and the Marlies this season, I’ve scraped together these notes ahead of the game:

  • The Marlies powerplay ranks among the league’s top ten for the first time since 2009
  • It is still unknown whether Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri or Korbinian Holzer will play against Rockford
  • Toronto’s 12 wins and 25 points on home ice is tied with Binghamton as best in the AHL
  • With a team leading 15 goals, Ryan Hamilton looks to surpass his previous career best of 25
  • Joe Colborne is coming off a three point game on Wednesday
  • Mike Kostka is the only player to have appeared in all 32 games for the Marlies so far this season
  • Although Rockford sit 10th in the West, a win on Saturday could propel them into a tie for seventh
  • Rockford has lost two straight, most recently against Hamilton on Friday night
  • With over 1500 minutes played already this season, Rockford’s Carter Hutton ranks third in the league
  • Keep an eye out for former Maple Leafs property as both Jimmy Hayes and Philippe Paradis (dealt in the Versteeg trade) are part of the Chicago organization, as well as Blackhawks first round selection Kyle Beach

In continued high definition coverage of all home games, tune into Sportsnet starting at 3pm for all the action. There you will be greeted by the friendly, cheerful yet sometimes sarcastic voices of Joe Bowen, Greg Millen and Paul Hendrick. Rumour has it Jeff Marek will be on the intermission panel… watch at your own risk. If internet is more your style, the familiar duo of Jon Abbott and Bob McGill can be found on AHL Live where the audio feed is always free and the video costs only a few dollars.

As for me, catch me one twitter (@chansler) as I’ll try to bring you lineup news and notes as it becomes available ahead of the game.


IN GOAL: #30 Ben Scrivens

Hamilton – Aucoin – Abbott
Kadri – McKegg – Frattin
Ashton – Colborne – Ryan
Zigomanis – Acton – Deschamps

Ranger – Kostka
Fraser – Holzer
Blacker – Gysbers

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