The last six periods have seen nine goals from the Toronto squad, the most yet over a two game span this season. On Saturday the Marlies will look to prove they can continue the upward swing and string together a third straight road victory.

The San Antonio Rampage – AHL affiliate to the Florida Panthers – will play host to the Toronto team on the ice surface inside AT&T Centre. Toronto was winless last season in the pair of games against the rampage, prolonging the struggles the Marlies have had against the Panthers farm team, only five wins in the past 18 meetings.

However great things are afoot for the Marlies in the lone star state. Here are my notes on the past two games and the closing match of the team’s three-in-three Texan weekend.

  • Marlies will face former teammate Andre Deveaux who is now with the Rampage after spending time with Connecticut
  • After scoring only five times on their first 56 powerplays, the Marlies extra man unit has struck three times on nine opportunities
  • Toronto’s penalty kill too has seen an upswing shutting out the past two opponents
  • Leo Komarov has three goals in two games while captain Ryan Hamilton has a pair over the same stretch
  • Keith Aucoin is pacing the club with 10pts in 10 games while line mate Spencer Abbott has notched 5pts in three games
  • Mark Owuya came in to relieve both starting netminders in the two games against San Antonio last season, the first time served as his first taste of AHL action

All the action gets underway at 8pm so make sure you’re logged into your computer or near the radio. You can tune into Jon Abbott (@HockeyAbbs) as he takes you through all the action on TSN 1050. If internet streaming is more your style, the audio feed is free through AHL Live and the video feed costs only a few dollars.

During the action, don’t forget to join in on the game long conversation by tagging your tweets with #MarliesLive.

As long as we’re talking twitter, lend me your follow (@chansler) as I bring you the latest lineup news and notes and they become available throughout the day.

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Mark Owuya is expected to get the start in goal against San Antonio. By game time on Saturday, the Toronto Marlies will have started three netminders in three games over three days. Jacob Markstrom will start for the Rampage 200 feet down ice.

It was released late Saturday that Spencer Abbott will is out with an undisclosed injury. Also not dressing in the third game in as many days is Ryan Hamilton, Korbinian Holzer, Greg McKegg and Dylan Yeo.

Joe Colborne, Nazem Kadri, Jesse Blacker, Mark Fraser and Kenny Ryan all expected to return to active duty after missing Friday’s game as part of an ongoing roster rotation.

EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP

IN GOAL: #1 Mark Owuya

FOWARD LINES
Zigomanis – Aucoin – Komarov
Scott – Colborne – Ross
Ryan – Kadri – D’Amigo
Ashton – Acton – Deschamps

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS 
Gardiner – Kostka
Fraser – Blacker
Ranger – Gysbers

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