Utica Comets Pre-Game

Game #21

Utica Comets at Toronto Marlies

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

1:30 pm Eastern/10:30 am Pacific

The 12-7-1-0 Utica Comets hit the road to Toronto to take on the Marlies, (Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate) for game number 21 of the season today at 1:30 pm Eastern/10:30 am Pacific. The Comets are coming off of their 4-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday, while the Marlies will be playing their second game in a three-in-three weekend for them that saw them need an extra frame to take a 3-2 win over Rochester yesterday.

The Marlies have scored 72 goals this year while allowing 50. The Comets, for their part, have outscored their competition by a count of 70-53.

The special teams battle should be interesting today as the Marlies have the better power play, going 14/64 to give themselves a success rate of 21.9% with the extra man, while the Comets have the better penalty kill, giving up 11 goals while down a man 86 times for a success rate of 87.2%.

Pontus Aberg is one to watch for the Marlies as he leads the club with 10 goals and 12 helpers to give himself 22 points in 19 games this year. Kenny Agostino sits second with 10 goals and nine assists, giving him 19 points in 17 games, while Pierre Engvall rounds out their top three with seven goals and nine assists to give himself 16 points in 15 games this season.

Jesper Lindgren leads the rookie crew in Toronto with four assists in 13 games, while Brogan Rafferty has been having a fine rookie campaign to lead the Comets first-year players with two goals and 10 assists, giving him 12 points in 20 games for Utica.

Reid Boucher is back atop the scoring heap in Utica with a ridiculous 14 goals and seven helpers to give himself 21 points in 15 games. Nikolay Goldobin is back up with the Canucks, but he sits second on the Comets with eight goals and 12 assists, giving him 20 points in 18 games this year, while Frankie Perron rounds out the Comets top three with four goals and 11 helpers, giving him 15 points in 18 games.

Kasimir Kaskisuo shows a record of 7-1-1-0 this year for the Marlies while posting a goals-against-average of 2.11 along with a save percentage of 0.930%. Joseph Woll has gone 4-1-2-0 while posting a GAA of 3.09 along with a 0.902% save percentage.

For Utica, Zane McIntyre has gone 6-4-0-0 this year while putting up a 2.99 GAA along with a 0.904% save percentage. Mikey DiPietro has been fantastic for the Comets in his rookie season, posting a record of 6-3-1-0 along with a GAA of 2.15 and a 0.926% save percentage.

Scratched Last Game For Utica

  1. Olli Juolevi: LD – Lower-body ailment, no timeframe. NHL deal.
  2. Wacey Hamilton: C/W – Upper-body injury, no timeframe. AHL deal.
  3. Vincent Arseneau: LW/RW – Upper-body injury, no timeframe. AHL deal.
  4. Lukas Jasek: W/C – Undisclosed injury, no timeframe. NHL deal.
  5. Richard Bachman: G – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.
  6. Josh Teves: LD – Healthy scratch. NHL deal.
  7. Stefan LeBlanc: LD – Healthy scratch. AHL deal.
  8. Justin Taylor: C – Healthy scratch. PTO.

The two clubs will get underway today in Toronto at 1:30 pm Eastern/10:30 am Pacific. As always, CanucksArmy will have your post-game report following today’s action.