11/18: Marlies This Week

11/18: Marlies This Week

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Expect a callup or two from the Marlies shortly as the list of casualties has grown to six with Matthew Lombardi and Mike Komisarek out three weeks apiece (upper body injuries). A timeline on Colby Armstrong’s return remains unknown, while Mikhail Grabovski is out at least two weeks with his lower body ailment. The news is a bit better on Clarke MacArthur as he could return as early as Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. James Reimer returned to the ice today for a 15-minute skate, which is somewhat encouraging, but Brian Burke has warned not to get too excited as Reimer “could be out another month.” Yikes.

Your weekly release from the Marlies:

“The Marlies went 1-1-0-1 in their three games last week. They opened their week with a 3-1 loss against the Oklahoma City Barons on Tuesday morning. Simon Gysbers scored the lone goal for Toronto, which came on the power play. Mark Owuya made 22 saves on 24 shots in the loss.   On Saturday night in Glens Falls, the Marlies fell 2-1 in a shootout against the Adirondack Phantoms.

Owuya made 33 saves and Mike Zigomanis scored the lone goal for the Marlies. Juraj Mikus and Jesse Blacker collected assists on Zigomanis’ power play goal.  Nazem Kadri scored the overtime winner on Sunday in Toronto’s 4-3 win over the Albany Devils. Ryan Hamilton scored twice and Kadri finished the game with three points. Zigomanis chipped in with two helpers and Jussi Rynnas earned his second win of the season, making 23 stops.

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Notes:

– The Marlies are currently tied for first in the North Division with a  record of 7-5-2-1 for 17 points. Toronto finishes their nine game road  trip on Friday night against Rochester and then returns home for a  pair of games.

– Joe Colborne ranks second in the AHL in points with 19, despite  missing the last three games due to injury.  Colborne ranks second  (tie) in the league with 10 goals. Colborne has scored a goal in nine  of his first 12 games this season.

– Mike Zigomanis has recorded 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) so  far this season. He ranks tied for third in the AHL in assists.

– Nazem Kadri has posted seven points in his first eight games of the  season. His first goal of the season came in overtime on Sunday  against Albany.

– The Marlies penalty killing unit ranks first overall in the AHL with  an 90.6% success rate. Toronto has only allowed power play goals in  three of their first 15 games so far this season.

– The Marlies are 5-0-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.

– The Marlies are the only team remaining in the AHL without a home regulation loss. Toronto is 4-0-1-0 at Ricoh Coliseum this  season.

– Mark Owuya has posted a 1.52 goals against average and a 0.939  save percentage through his first four appearances.

– Kelsey Wilson leads all Marlie skaters with 31 penalty minutes.

– On Tuesday, the club announced the signing of defenceman Drew  Paris to a standard player’s contract.

– Jesse Blacker leads all Marlie rookies with six points.

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Upcoming Opponents:

The Marlies play back-toback games against the Rochester  Americans this weekend. The two  clubs are tied atop the North  Division standings with 17 points each. Saturday’s game will mark  the first time the Marlies have  played at Ricoh Coliseum since  their 5-0 win over Abbotsford on  October 26. Rochester enters the  week with a 2-3-2-0 road record;  while the Marlies haven’t lost in  regulation on home ice this season. The Marlies dropped the  Amerks in their only meeting so  far this season, 5-4 in overtime on  October 22. Joe Colborne had the OT winner and two assists.

The Marlies host the Peoria  Rivermen on Sunday evening for  the only time this season. Peoria  rolls into Toronto with a 7-6-1-1  record and have only lost one  game on the road in regulation  time. T.J. Hensick leads the AHL in points with 21; while Ben  Bishop ranks fifth in goals against average (2.01).

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Reading Report:

The Reading Royals rank  second in the Atlantic Division with a 7-6-1-0 record. Brayden Irwin made  his ECHL debut on Friday night in the Royals 5-4 win in  Elmira. Reading is back in  action on Friday night when  they travel to Cincinnati to  take on the Cyclones.”

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]