Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends (and all my Canadian ones who feel like celebrating twice).
This evening I hope you enjoy plenty of turkey, a second helping of stuffing and a full serving of Marlies hockey as the team is in Binghamton, New York, to take on the Senators in the first of four matches against the Senators.
With only two home games in the calendar month – the lowest since returning to Toronto in 2005/06 – the Marlies are back on the road for the first of four games to close out the month. Having arrived in Binghamton on Wednesday, the club ensured they have plenty of time to settle in ahead of the 6:05 puck drop on Thursday night.
Here are my notes ahead of the game:
- Thursday night’s Marlies game is the lone matchup of the evening
- Binghamton native Jerry D’Amigo returns home for the first time this season to a crowd that always has a soft spot for number 29 of the blue-and-white
- Toronto’s offense looks to continue it’s momentum, having collected 34 goals over the past seven games, notching five or more tallies in five of them
- The Marlies powerplay continues to improve, lifting to a 17.2% conversion rate following seven straight games in which the extra man unit has found the back of the net
- Although their powerplay sits 28th, the Senators penalty kill is 5th best in the league
- Along with Nazem Kadri, who has registered 11 points over the past five games, Nicolas Deschamps presently has a three game goal scoring streak while Mike Kostka has found his way onto the scoresheet in six consecutive outings
- Keep an eye out for budding talents Mika Zibanejad and Ben Bishop on the Binghamton roster
- The Senators are without injured defenceman Jared Cowen
That sure is a lot of points… you’re lucky there isn’t a test.
Catch all the action Thursday night on AHL Live as you’ll be greeted by the friendly voice of play-by-play announcer Jon Abbott. The audio feed is always free so you can settle in listen to it as if it were a radio broadcast. If video is more your style, the AHL Live video feed costs only a few dollars.
For a few more thoughts ahead of today, catch Jon Abbott’s ‘Pre Game Meal‘ blog – a primer for the weekend’s games.
As always, catch me on twitter (@chansler) as I’ll post lineup news and notes as they are made available.
EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP
IN GOAL: #30 Ben Scrivens
Kadri – Aucoin – Ashton
Deschamps – Colborne – Frattin
Hamilton – McKegg – Zigomanis
D’Amigo – Acton – Scott
Gardiner – Kostka
Fraser – Blacker
Ranger – Holzer