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 1-1-0-1Â in their three games lastÂ week. They opened theirÂ week with a 3-1 loss againstÂ the Oklahoma City Barons onÂ Tuesday morning. SimonÂ Gysbers scored the lone goalÂ for Toronto, which came onÂ the power play. Mark OwuyaÂ made 22 saves on 24 shots inÂ the loss.Â Â On Saturday night in GlensÂ Falls, the Marlies fell 2-1 in aÂ shootout against theÂ Adirondack Phantoms.
Owuya made 33 saves andÂ Mike Zigomanis scored theÂ lone goal for the Marlies.Â Juraj Mikus and JesseÂ Blacker collected assists onÂ Zigomanisâ€™ power play goal. Â Nazem Kadri scored theÂ overtime winner on SundayÂ in Torontoâ€™s 4-3 win over theÂ Albany Devils. RyanÂ Hamilton scored twice andÂ Kadri finished the game withÂ three points. ZigomanisÂ chipped in with two helpersÂ and Jussi Rynnas earned hisÂ second win of the season,Â making 23 stops.
– The Marlies are currently tied for first in the North Division with a Â record of 7-5-2-1 for 17 points. Toronto finishes their nine game road Â trip on Friday night against Rochester and then returns home for a Â pair of games.
– Joe Colborne ranks second in the AHL in points with 19, despite Â missing the last three games due to injury. Â Colborne ranks second Â (tie) in the league with 10 goals. Colborne has scored a goal in nine Â of his first 12 games this season.
– Mike Zigomanis has recorded 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) so Â 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 Â season. His first goal of the season came in overtime on Sunday Â against Albany.
– The Marlies penalty killing unit ranks first overall in the AHL with Â an 90.6% success rate. Toronto has only allowed power play goals in Â 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 Â season.
– Mark Owuya has posted a 1.52 goals against average and a 0.939 Â 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 Â Paris to a standard playerâ€™s contract.
– Jesse Blacker leads all Marlie rookies with six points.
The Marlies play back-toback games against the Rochester Â Americans this weekend. The two Â clubs are tied atop the North Â Division standings with 17 points each. Saturdayâ€™s game will mark Â the first time the Marlies have Â played at Ricoh Coliseum since Â their 5-0 win over Abbotsford on Â October 26. Rochester enters the Â week with a 2-3-2-0 road record; Â while the Marlies havenâ€™t lost in Â regulation on home ice thisÂ season. The Marlies dropped the Â Amerks in their only meeting so Â far this season, 5-4 in overtime on Â October 22. Joe Colborne had the OT winner and two assists.
The Marlies host the Peoria Â Rivermen on Sunday evening for Â the only time this season. Peoria Â rolls into Toronto with a 7-6-1-1 Â record and have only lost one Â game on the road in regulation Â time. T.J. Hensick leads the AHL in points with 21; while Ben Â Bishop ranks fifth in goals against average (2.01).
The Reading Royals rank Â second in the Atlantic Division with a 7-6-1-0 record. Brayden Irwin made Â his ECHL debut on FridayÂ night in the Royals 5-4 win in Â Elmira. Reading is back in Â action on Friday night when Â they travel to Cincinnati to Â take on the Cyclones.”