The Utica Comets go for back-to-back wins for the second time this season when they play North Division opponent Binghamton. The Comets are 3-0-1-0 on Saturdays this season
What: Utica Comets at Binghamton Devils.
When: 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Arena, Binghamton.
Broadcast: KROCK 94.9 FM; watchtheahl.com.
Records: Comets (6-7-1-0; 13 points, tied 4th place in the North); Devils (6-6-2; 14 points, 3rd in the North).
Season series: First of eight meetings.
Last regular meeting: The Comets won 4-3 on April 15 in Utica.
Game updates: @OD_Comets on Twitter.
About the Comets: Utica rallied for a 4-3 shootout victory over Hartford on Friday and is 3-5-1-0 in the last nine games. … The Comets are 1-1-1-0 in their last three road games. The Comets are 4-1-1 on the road this season for nine points, which is tied for best among North Division teams. … The Comets have scored the first goal in four consecutive games and are 4-3-1 in the games when they take a 1-0 lead. … Three players scored in regulation Friday for the Comets this season, including Zack MacEwen (6-6-12) and Lukas Jasek (3-1-4), who are among four players on the active roster who have more than two goals this season. … Olli Juolevi has back-to-back games with assists and leads the team with 10. His 11 points (1-10-11) lead rookie defensemen in the AHL. …
About the Devils: Binghamton has won three of its last five games following a 4-3 victory over Charlotte on Friday. … Nick Lappin leads Binghamton with seven goals this season. Last season, Lappin had four goals and assist in six games against the Comets. … Binghamton’s power play ranks 31st in the league at 10%. The Devils have scored six times on 60 opportunities. Binghamton also has the 31st-ranked penalty kill, allowing an AHL-most 17 power play goals on 61 opportunities (72.1%).
Deals: Forward Alex Kile was signed to a PTO on Saturday. … Jalen Chatfield was assigned to the Comets on Tuesday. … Guillaume Brisebois was assigned to the Comets last Thursday.
Injuries: Cam Darcy (undisclosed) and Vincent Arseneau (hand) left Friday’s game and are not expected to be in the lineup Saturday. … Goaltender Thatcher Demko remains in concussion protocol, though he continues to make progress. He has participated in practice this week, but is not expected to return until next week … Reid Boucher, who has a ankle-related injury after leaving the team’s win over Syracuse on Oct. 20, skated during an optional practice Thursday. He is unavailable this week, Trent Cull said. ... Wacey Hamilton (head) had a setback after practicing last week. He’s not available, per Cull. … Kole Lind -- who appeared to take a hard hit Oct. 20 in the second period against Syracuse but continued to play – remains week-to-week, according to Trent Cull.
Comets active leaders: Reid Boucher 9-3-12
Zack MacEwen 6-6-12
Tanner Kero 3-8-11
Olli Juolevi 1-10-11
Jonathan Dahlen 2-6-8
Comets goaltenders: Ivan Kulbakov 5-3-1/3.01/.907
Connor LaCouvee – No AHL starts.