As the season reaches the midpoint in terms of games, the Comets look to rebound from a tough loss when they hit the road to take on the Binghamton Devils.
Game time: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton
Broadcast: 94.9 FM KROCK / AHL Live
Game updates on Twitter: @OD_Comets
Records: Comets 16-14-4-3 (39 points, 4th place in the North Division based on points; Devils 11-20-4-2, 28 points, 7th in the North)
Season series: The teams are even at 1-1-0-0 following Binghamton's 2-1 victory on Dec. 15 in Utica. The teams meet a total of eight teams this season.
About the Comets: Utica has won three of four and earned at least a point in 16 of the last 21 games (10-5-4-2) after Friday’s 3-2 loss to Syracuse. … Utica has a four-game road point streak, including three consecutive wins (3-0-0-1 record). The Comets are 10-5-3 on the road this season. … Reid Boucher has three-game point streak and has six points (4-2-6) in that span. His team-best 31 points (17-14-31) are tied for 17th in the AHL. … Darren Archibald needs six goals to become the Comets’ franchise leader (Alex Grenier has the record with 67.) He also has played in 271 regular-season games with the Comets. The franchise mark is 273 also head by Grenier. … Philip Holm, who is 1-1-2 against Binghamton this season, is among league leaders with 19 points (7-12-19). His 5 power-play goals are tied for 2nd among defensemen.
About the Devils: Binghamton has lost three straight games and six of the last 7 (2-5-0-1). They are 2-6-1-1 in the last 10 games. … The Devils have lost back-to-back home games at three of their last five. They are 6-11-2-0 at home this season. … Jacob MacDonald’s 12 goals are most among AHL defensemen. His 30 points (12-18-30) are second-most among defensemen. ...
Eddie Lack, who played 82 games for Vancouver, was recently traded to the New Jersey organization. He is currently out with an injury, according to the team. Ken Appleby made the start Friday for Binghamton.
Comets Injuries: Carter Bancks (lower body) is not unavailable at least until after the All-Star Break at the end of the month, according to Trent Cull. Cam Darcy has also recently missed time with an injury and illness, but could be an option Saturday. The following have recently been considered week-to-week: Griffen Molino (lower body), Joe LaBate (upper body), Alex D’Aoust (lower body), Jayson Megna (upper body), Jaime Sifers (wrist) and Wacey Hamilton (upper body). Yan-Pavel Laplante (upper body) is out indefinitely. Evan McEneny is expected to be out through the regular season.
Deals: Nikolay Goldobin was assigned to the Comets on Saturday. However, he’s not expected to be an option for the Comets Saturday. … Reid Boucher was assigned to the Comets on Sunday. He played Wednesday and Friday.
Comets active leaders: Reid Boucher 17-14-31
Philip Holm 7-12-19
Zack MacEwen 3-14-17
Patrick Wiercioch 5-10-15
Michael Carcone 9-5-14
Comets goaltenders: Thatcher Demko 2.37/.926/13-7-5
Richard Bachman 3.51/.875/3-7-2
Binghamton leaders: Jacob MacDonald 12-18-30
Nick Lappin 14-9-23
Bracken Kearns 7-15-22
John Quenneville 10-10-20
Tim Kennedy 0-18-18
Binghamton goaltenders: Ken Appleby 3.21/.888/5-8-2
Mackenzie Blackwood 3.81/.868/4-10-3
Eddie Lack 2.41/.913/3-4-2
UTI - 31/167 – 18.6%, 9th
BNG - 26/149 – 17.4%, 14th
UTI – 25/175 – 85.7%, 7th
BNG – 26/155 – 83.2%, 15th