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Want to know the best part of the Marlies game being snowed out on Friday forcing the team to stay an extra day and play a rescheduled Sunday game? There’s not much to change for the Saturday preview.

Catch the preview originally intended for Friday, but equally applicable for Saturday.

We’ve all wondered the same thing and, without request nor anticipation, it seems January (11th) 12th is the day to answer. With the imminent return of the NHL, how will the Toronto Marlies fare?

After suffering a low scoring loss to Hamilton on Tuesday, the Marlies travel to Canada’s most easterly province for their first pair of games in St. John’s this season. And left behind in Toronto is a sizeable group who are in eager anticipation of the opening of a NHL training camp. I can not remember a time when the Toronto AHL club underwent a bigger change.

Here are my notes ahead of the game:

  • Matt Frattin, Korbinian Holzer, Nazem Kadri, Mark Fraser and Mike Kostka will all be missing from Marlies action as they await the opening of this season’s NHL training camp
  • Toronto recently announced the recall of Jamie Devane, Andrew Crescenzi and Mark Owuya – who all have a fair chance at regular spots with the Marlies
  • In an effort to bolster the roster with even more bodies, Toronto announced the signing of a pair of rearguards to Pro Try-Out (PTO) contracts; Ryan Grimshaw and Corey Syvret – both who played steady roles in the ECHL
  • Toronto is 1-0 against St. John’s this season
  • The IceCaps have only a single win over the past six, the streak starting with the loss to the Marlies on December 22nd
  • In four of St. John’s last five losses the team was limited to only two goals

We’re pleased to inform you Rogers TV Toronto will carry both Marlies road games in St. John’s, marking the first games away from Ricoh to be televised to home town fans. Tune in starting at 6:00pm as the 90 minute time difference dictates a slightly earlier than normal puck drop for those in the eastern time zone. Play by play voice of the Toronto Marlies, Jon Abbott, can also be heard on AHL Live. The audio feed is always free and video costs only a few dollars.

I will try my best to provide updates on all roster news and notes on twitter (@chansler) but be sure to follow Jon (@HockeyAbbs) as he will be closest to the action this weekend.

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  • Dru

    AHL Radio not working for me. Anyone else having this issue?

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