The Comets will try to earn at least a point for a sixth consecutive game when they take on North Division rival Syracuse for the first of three meetings this month.
Game time: 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Broadcast: 94.9 FM KROCK / AHL Live
Game updates on Twitter: @OD_Comets
Records: Comets 10-9-1-1 (22 points, 6th in the North Division); Crunch 10-9-1-2 (23 points, tied for 4th in the North).
Season series: Utica leads 1-0 after earning a 3-2 win Oct. 14 in Syracuse. The North Division rivals meet a total of 12 times this season.
Comets expected lines: Boucher-MacEwen-Bancks
About the Comets: The Comets have earned nine out of a possible 10 points in the last five games. They are 5-4-1-0 in the last 10 games. ... The Comets have had their last five games decided by a goal. They are 6-3-1-1 in one-goal games this season. … Reid Boucher has eight goals and four assists in his last 9 games. His 22 points (including a team-best 11 goals) rank ninth among AHL leaders. ... Cam Darcy has four assists during a three-game point streak. His eight assists tie a career-best. … Jayson Megna has a goal and three assists during a four-game point streak.
About the Crunch: Syracuse has won six straight games, including a 5-4 shootout over visiting Belleville on Saturday. They are 7-3-0-0 in the last 10 games. ... Syracuse has won back-to-back road games and is 3-6-0-2 on the road this season. ... Matthew Peca has three goals and five assists in the last six games. … Goaltender Louis Domingue has allowed two or fewer goaols in five of his six starts this season. He’s won four straight starts. … Former Comets player Cory Conacher is on recall with Tampa Bay.
Injuries: Philip Holm (upper-body; day to day); Jordan Subban (upper body; day to day); Richard Bachman (lower-body; day by day); Brendan Woods (shoulder; day by day); Wacey Hamilton (lower body; week-to-week); Jaime Sifers (wrist; week-to-week); Yan-Pavel Laplante (upper body; week-to-week); Darren Archibald (recovering from surgery on facial fracture; out until at least mid-December according to announced timeline; Evan McEneny (lower body; out six months).
Deals: Forward Brady Brassart and defenseman Cliff Watson each were added this week. … Forward Brian Ward was released from his PTO. … Goaltender Michael Garteig was recalled to the Comets on Friday. … Forward Cam Darcy was signed to an AHL deal on Thursday, replacing his professional tryout contract.
Comets active leaders: Reid Boucher 11-11-22
Michael Chaput 8-7-15
Philip Holm 2-9-11
Carter Bancks 2-8-10
Joe LaBate 4-5-9
Comets goaltenders: Thatcher Demko 2.50/.920/8-5-2
Richard Bachman 3.64/.861/2-4-0
Michael Garteig (no AHL starts this season)
Syracuse leaders: Matthew Peca 3-10-13
Michael Bournival 7-5-12
Anthony Cirelli 3-9-12
Kevin Lync 5-6-11
Adam Erne 3-8-11
Syracuse goaltenders: Louis Domingue 2.17/.923/4-2-0
Connor Ingram 3.34/.867/3-4-1
UTI - 20/102 – 19.6%, 8th
SYR - 15/116 – 12.9%, 28th
UTI - 18/104 – 82.7%, 16th
SYR – 23/126 – 81.7%, 18th