The red-hot Utica Comets reach the 50-game mark and will try to continue a season-best six-game win streak Wednesday when they take on the rival Syracuse Crunch. The teams are tied for third-place in the North Division with 61 points.

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 26-14-6-3 (61 points, tied for 3rd place in the North Division based on points; Crunch 28-17-2-3 (61 points, tied for 3rd place in the North Division based on points)

Season series: Utica is 5-2-0-1 following a 4-2 win Feb. 3 in Syracuse. Friday is the ninth of 12 regular-season meetings this season.

Comets lines: Carcone-Chaput(A)-D'Aoust




Pairings: Wiercioch-Brisebois



Demko (Bachman)

Scratches (all injured or working way back from injury): McEneny (long-term), Chatfield, Laplante (indefinitely), Molino (skated Tuesday in red), Woods, Megna, Bancks

About the Comets: Utica is on a team-best 12-game point streak (10-0-2-0) and 13-1-2-0 in 16 games in 2018, which is among the top marks in the AHL. Their recent strong play -- despite missing players due to injuries and call-ups -- has them three points back of their total from the same point during the 2014-15 season. … The Comets have won three home games and are 5-0-1-0 in their last six. They are 11-9-3-2 at home this season. ... Utica has scored at least one power-play goal in four straight games. The unit is 6-for-16 on the power play in the last four games. ... With Reid Boucher, Darren Archibald, Nikolay Goldobin and Philip Holm recalled by Vancouver, the Comets are without key guys as well as three of their top scorers on the roster. In all, those four have combined for 49 goals, which accounts for about 34 percent of the team's goals this season. ... Michael Chaput has a three-game point streak. He has notched seven points (1-6-7) in his last seven games.

About the Crunch: Syracuse is 2-0-1-0 and coming off a 3-2 win over Bridgeport on Sunday. They are 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 games. ... Syracuse is scoring 3.20 goals per game, which is tied for ninth most in the AHL. ... The Crunch's top three scorers are rookies. Anthony Cirelli (33 points), Mathieu Joseph (33) and Mitchell Stephens (31) are among the top 15 in points among rookies. ... Goaltender Eddie Pasquale, who was acquired recently, has 2.44 GAA this season. That mark ranks eighth in the AHL.

Comets Injuries: Griffen Molino (lower body; out since Dec. 27) practiced in a red jersey Tuesday. He is not available for Wednesday. Brendan Woods has been out since Jan. 10 and remains out. … Jalen Chatfield is week-to-week after leaving Feb. 2 with an upper-body injury. … Carter Bancks (lower body) has not played since Dec. 30. Bancks was spotted in workout clothes during Tuesday’s practice. ... Jayson Megna (upper body) has been out since Dec. 22. He is also ill, according to Trent Cull. Yan-Pavel Laplante (upper body) is out indefinitely. Evan McEneny (knee surgery) is expected to be out through the regular season.

Deals: Philip Holm was recalled by the Canucks on Tuesday. … Defenseman Frankie Simonelli was signed to the PTO on Friday. … Forwards David Dziurzynski and Justin Taylor were each added on PTOs before Friday's game. ... Reid Boucher was recalled Thursday from the Comets. … Darren Archibald was signed to an NHL deal and recall from the Comets on Wednesday.

Comets active leaders: Zack MacEwen 7-18-25

Michael Chaput 10-13-23

Michael Carcone 10-8-18

Patrick Wiercioch 5-13-18

Alex D’Aoust 8-9-17

Comets goaltenders: Thatcher Demko 2.29/.928/18-7-5

Richard Bachman 2.93/.898/8-7-4

Syracuse leaders: Anthony Cirelli 11-22-33

Mathieu Joseph 9-24-33

Mitchell Stephens 17-14-31

Alexander Volkov 15-15-30

Michael Bournival 13-14-27

Syracuse goaltenders: Eddie Pasquale 2.44/.912/8-5-5

Connor Ingram 2.68/.901/12-9-2

Power play

UTI - 44/209 – 21.1%, 3rd

SYR – 35/232 – 15.1%, 25th

Penalty kill

UTI – 31/219 – 85.8%, 3rd

SYR – 41/257 – 84%, 8th