The Comets continue a three-in-three weekend with their first trip to Canada this season for the first of two games in Toronto. It is the second of three meetings between the North Division teams in the first 10 games of the season.
Game time: 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Coca-Cola Coliseum, Toronto
Broadcast: 94.9 FM KROCK | AHLTV
Records: Comets (1-2-0-0); Marlies (1-2-0-0).
Season series: The Marlies lead the series 1-0-0-0 after their 7-3 win Oct. 5 in Utica. The Comets were 3-4-1-0 against the Marlies in the regular-season last season.
Game updates: @OD_Comets on Twitter.
About the Comets: Utica is playing its first road game of the season Saturday. The Comets were 21-12-4-1 on the road last season. … The Comets are 1-2-0-0 to start for the third consecutive season following Friday’s 4-3 loss to Charlotte. They have been outscored 12-9 in the three games. … Reid Boucher scored twice Friday and has five goals this season, which lead the AHL. Dating back to last season, Boucher has nine goals in his last seven games (regular-season and playoffs). … Adam Gaudette scored his first pro goal in Friday’s loss. The 2018 Hobey Baker winner had 30 goals last season with Northeastern. … The Comets added another power-play goal Friday and are 4-for-12 (33.3%) on the power play. That ranks tied for fifth in the AHL. …
About the Marlies: Toronto is coming off a 5-3 loss Monday in their home opener. … The Marlies have scored 15 goals and allowed 15 in three games this season. … Sam Gagner, who is under contract with the Vancouver Canucks, leads the Marlies with three goals and five points. … Former Comets defenseman Jordan Subban had a goal and assist against the Comets in the last meeting.
Injuries: Goaltender Thatcher Demko is on “non-roster injured reserve” and is in concussion protocol, though he’s making progress. His return is unclear. ... Wacey Hamilton (head/shoulder) is week-to-week and not expected to play this weekend. ... Brendan Gaunce (lower-body) is day-to-day. He left Thursday’s practice early and did not return. He didn’t play Friday.
Deals: The Comets assigned Jagger Dirk to Kalamazoo on Saturday. ... The Canucks announced Alex Biega will be put on waivers. He would need to clear in order to be assigned to the Comets.
Comets leaders: Reid Boucher 5-0-5
Zack MacEwen 1-4-5
Tanner MacMaster 0-3-3
Jonathan Dahlen 0-2-2
Tanner Kero 0-2-2
Comets goaltenders: Richard Bachman 1-2-0/2.71/.891
Ivan Kulbakov -- no starts this season