The Comets look to close out the week on a positive note with back-to-back wins when they travel to Binghamton for a North Division matchup. It is the first of four meetings this month between the teams.
What: Utica Comets at Binghamton Devils.
When: 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
Broadcast: KROCK 94.9 FM; watchtheahl.com
Records: Comets (11-13-1-1; 24 points, 4th in the North); Devils (10-12-3-0; 23 points, tied for 5th in the North).
Season series: Binghamton leads the eight-game series 2-0-0-0.
Last meeting: The Devils won 4-2 on Nov. 28 in Binghamton.
Game updates: @OD_Comets on Twitter.
Comets on Saturday:
About the Comets: Utica has won two of its last three games following Friday's 5-2 win over Springfield on Friday. The Comets are 5-5-0-1 in the last 10 games. ... The Comets scored four or more goals for fourth time in seven games on Friday. The team is averaging 2.96 goals per game, which 23rd in the AHL. ... Trent Cull earned his 49th career win as Comets head coach Friday. He has a 49-39-9-5 in 102 games leading the Comets. Including his AHL playing career and time as an assistant coach with Syracuse, Cull has been involved in more than 1,000 AHL games. ... Tanner Kero had a two-point game Friday, putting him at a team-best 21 points and surpassing the 20 he had each of the past two seasons with Rockford. He is 4-3-7 in the last 7 games. His career-best in the AHL is 39 points. ... Darren Archibald has goal and two assists during a three-game point-streak. He has nine points in 13 games with the Comets.
About Binghamton: The Devils have lost back-to-back games and are winless in seven of the last 10 (3-6-1-0) following a 5-0 setback to Syracuse on Friday. ... The Devils have scored 10 goals in the last three games. The Devils are averaging 2.68 goals per game, which is 26th in the AHL. ... Marian Studenic's 17 points (9-8-17) are tied for 10th most among AHL rookies. He's one of six players with 2 points against the Comets this season.
Transactions: On Monday, The Vancouver Canucks traded Michael Carcone to Toronto for Josh Leivo, who is with the NHL club. … The Comets reassigned defenseman Brandon Anselmini to Kalamazoo last Saturday after being recalled a few days earlier. He didn't play in any games.
Injuries: Olli Juolevi hasn’t played since Nov. 17 due to a reported knee injury and is out 2 to 3 weeks as of Dec. 1, according to Vancouver GM Jim Benning. ... Jalen Chatfield (lower-body) is out until at least Christmas, according to Trent Cull. He is on crutches and in a cast on his left foot/leg after Wednesday’s game. ... Vincent Arseneau (hand) left Nov. 9′s game with a hand injury following a fight. He has not played since. He’s expected to see a specialist this week, Cull said. ... Wacey Hamilton (concussion) had a setback after practicing in early November. He has not played this season. He participated Thursday in a red no-contact jersey during an optional practice.
Comets active leaders: Tanner Kero 9-12-21
Reid Boucher 11-8-19
Zack MacEwen 10-9-19
Jonathan Dahlen 6-10-16
Olli Juolevi 1-12-13
Comets goaltenders: Thatcher Demko 2.55/.904/3-3-0
Richard Bachman 4.17/.877/3-4-0
UTI - 29/121– 24%, 4th
BNG - 13/108- 12%, 29th
UTI - 18/103– 82.5%, 13th
BNG- 31/115- 73%, 31st