Your weekly Marlies release:
– The Marlies are currently (0-0-0-1) on their nine game, 21-day roadÂ trip. It began on New Years Eve with a 2-1 shootout loss to theÂ Grand Rapids Griffins.
– Toronto posts a record of 10-6-0-4 away from Ricoh Coliseum soÂ far this season. Their 10 road victories rank seventh (tie) in the AHL.Â Last season the Marlies finished with an 11-22-3-4 road record.
– The Marlies penalty killing continues to be strong, ranking sixth inÂ the AHL with an 84.8% success rate.
– Christian Hanson has notched goals in three straight games. In 30Â games this season, the second year forward has posted 10 goals,Â which ranks second on the club.
– Marcel Mueller is currently on a four game assist streak.
– Last week the Marlies recalled forwards Robert Slaney and MattÂ Caruana from the Reading Royals. Slaney skated in his first game ofÂ the season last Friday night in Grand Rapids.
– Ben Scrivens made 40 saves in the Marlies 2-1 shootout loss onÂ December 31 and was named the gameâ€™s third star. In six games withÂ the Marlies, Scrivens has posted a 2-1-2 with a 2.73 goals againstÂ average and a 0.914 save percentage.
– Darryl Boyce recorded his first NHL point and goal last week withÂ the Maple Leafs. On December 30 he posted an assist and theÂ following game against the Ottawa Senators, Boyce scored his firstÂ career NHL goal.
– Goaltender James Reimer made his first career NHL start andÂ earned first win with 32 saves on 33 shots on January 1 at Ottawa.
The Marlies play the ChicagoÂ Wolves twice this week atÂ Allstate Arena. The MarliesÂ dropped a 3-2 game to the WolvesÂ in a shootout last week. The twoÂ matchups this week will be theÂ final two times the clubs will faceÂ each other this season. Toronto isÂ 0-1-0-1 against the Wolves so farÂ this season.The Marlies will open up their new year with a contest against the Wolves on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST in one ofÂ four games this week as they continue their nine game, 21-day roadÂ swing.
Toronto travels to RockfordÂ to take on the IceHogs onÂ Friday night at the MetroCenter.Â The game will be the first of twoÂ meetings between the two teamsÂ this season. Rockford ranks last inÂ the West Division with a record ofÂ 15-14-1-4 for 35 points. FormerÂ Leafs prospect, Chris DiDomenicoÂ has recorded one assist in 19Â games with the IceHogs.
On Saturday night the MarliesÂ face-off against the Admirals inÂ Milwaukee. The Admirals rankÂ fourth in the West Division,Â posting a record of 20-11-2-4 forÂ 46 points.
North Division Standings:
Marlies Points Leaders:
|x Joey Crabb||34||11||7||18|
|x Darryl Boyce||35||6||10||16|
The Reading Royals currently rank first in the Atlantic division with a record of 20-9-1. The Royals have won 18 of their past 22 games, and have picked upÂ points in five straight contests. Their 20 wins this season rank third in the entire ECHL. The Royals are back in action on Friday night when they travel to Toledo.”