After a big win in Houston yesterday, the Marlies look to do it all over again as they hit up Austin tonight.

Well maybe not exactly like yesterday. You see, the Marlies ended up scoring four third period goals in the come-from-behind win, as they started the frame down 4-2.

In their middle game of the team’s second three-in-three of the season, the Marlies look to improve on last season’s pair of losses against the Texas Stars. The 8:30 puck drop will mark this rendition of the team’s annual trip down to Austin, usually occurring about this time every year.

Without any further blabbering, here are my notes ahead of the game:

  • Toronto’s powerplay looked terrific on Thursday; passing the puck well and converting in the third period.
  • Texas’ powerplay ranks 27th in the league, while their penalty kill is at rock bottom 30th spot
  • The Stars however are the least penalized team in the league, having only been shorthanded 33 times
  • The two clubs combined for 13 goals in two meetings last season, add Toronto’s recent six goal outing in Houston and that can lead one to expect a high-scoring affair
  • Keep an eye out for former USA WJC goalie Jack Campbell between the pipes, Canadian WJC gold medalist Cam Barker and young gun Cody Eakin
  • Keith Aucoin netted his first with the Marlies on Thursday, and was one of five to register five points

Alright, so here are the ‘tune in’ details. Starting at 8:30pm EST you can catch Jon Abbott, the voice of the Marlies, on TSN 1050 with the full game broadcast. A free internet audio feed is also available on AHL Live, but if video is more your style it’ll cost you a few dollars.

Last time the Marlies playing their middle game of a three-in-three, they beat the opposition 5-0. Just saying.

Lend me your follow (@chansler) as I’ll post lineup decisions and news as it becomes available throughout the day.

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Jussi Rynnas is expected to get the nod between the pipes in Austin on Friday. The Finnish netminder played the middle game of the team’s last 3-in-3, leading the Marlies to a 5-0 victory.

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Joe Colborne and Nazem Kadri will sit on Saturday in favour of Kenny Ryan and Jerry D’Amigo. Ryan potted a pair in his first game this season while D’Amigo still searches for his first of the year. Mark Fraser and Jesse Blacker will be exchanged for Simon Gysbers and Dylan Yeo whom Eakins has waited for the right time to reinsert back into the lineup.

EXPECTED MARLIES LINEUP

IN GOAL: #40 Jussi Rynnas

FOWARD LINES
Komarov – Aucoin – Abbott
Hamilton – McKegg – Scott
Ryan – Zigomanis – D’Amigo
Ashton – Acton – Deschamps

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS 
Ranger – Holzer
Gardiner – Kostka
Gysbers – Yeo

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