Utica looks to close out a weekend sweep over Cleveland on Sunday on the road and remain perfect in the New Year. The Comets have won three consecutive games -- each against North Division teams.
What: Utica Comets at Cleveland Monsters.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
Broadcast: KROCK 94.9 FM; watchtheahl.com.
Records: Comets (19-16-2-1; 41 points, 3rd in the North based on points); Monsters (17-12-4-1, 39 points, 4th in the North.)
Season series: The four-game series is even at 1-1-0-0.
Last meeting: Utica won 6-2 on Saturday in Cleveland.
Game updates: @OD_Comets on Twitter.
Comets lines, pairings:
About the Comets: Utica is its third winning of the streak of the season following Saturday afternoon's win in Cleveland. The Comets could match their longest win streak of the season at four games Saturday. ... The Comets have points in five of their last six road games (4-1-1-0). Utica has 23 points on the road this season, which is most among North Division teams and tied for fourth-most in the AHL. Utica is 10-7-2-1 on the road this season. ... Zack MacEwen has a goal and two assists during a three-game point streak. MacEwen, who continues to have a strong sophomore season, has four goals and six assists in his last 12 games. He's up to 29 (14-15) points in 37 games, which is four fewer than he had last season with Utica. ... Vincent Arseneau has four goals in his last four games -- including his first multi-point AHL game on Saturday. Arseneau's four goals are a career-best for him in the AHL, has he had one goal in his previous 51 games in the league. Arseneau had 101 points in 147 ECHL games. ... Adam Gaudette, who was recently re-assigned to the Comets, has four goals and three assists in six games this season with the Comets. Gaudette, who has spent a majority of the season with Vancouver, has a pair of multi-point games while being a strong presence for the Comets.
About the Monsters: Cleveland ids 1-2-0-1 in the last four games after Saturday's loss to Utica. The Monsters are 6-4-1-1 since Dec. 1. ... The six goals the Monsters gave up in Saturday's loss are the second-most they've allowed in a game this season. They have allowed six or more goals in a game five times this season. ... Sunny Milano has two goals and an assist during a three-game point streak. He's fifth in points (19) among active Cleveland players.
Transactions: Thatcher Demko was recalled by the Canucks on Friday. He’s expected to spend the rest of the season with Vancouver. … The Comets added goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos on a professional tryout contract Friday. … On Wednesday, Darren Archibald was sent to Ottawa along with goaltender Anders Nilsson and in exchange for goalie Mike McKenna, forward Tom Pyatt and a 2019 sixth round draft pick. McKenna didn’t clear waivers Friday after being claimed by Philadelphia. Pyatt is expected to be an option this weekend for the Comets. … Defenseman Craig Wyszomirski was signed to a PTO on Wednesday. … Adam Gaudette was assigned to the Comets last Saturday. He played Wednesday.
Injuries: Dylan Blujus is “question mark” for the weekend after being injured in practice earlier in the week. He's missed the last two games. ... Brendan Woods has missed the last 11 games with a lower-body injury. He hasn't played since Dec. 7. He skated in a red no-contact jersey during … Jalen Chatfield (lower-body) is out “a few more months,” according to Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson. He was observed without a cast on his foot/leg for the first time Thursday. ... Ashton Sautner is out indefinitely following a hit to the face by Binghamton’s Eric Tangradi on Dec. 8. … Olli Juolevi is out for the regular-season after having knee surgery on Dec. 18, according to the Canucks. He was injured in November. ... Goaltender Richard Bachman was injured Dec. 21. He’s done for the season with an Achilles injury, according to the Canucks.
Comets active leaders: Reid Boucher 17-14-31
Zack MacEwen 14-15-29
Tanner Kero 10-18-28
Brendan Gaunce 10-9-19
Jonathan Dahlen 8-10-18
Comets goaltenders: Ivan Kulbakov 3.82/.884/6-6-2
Alex Sakellaropoulos – No AHL starts
UTI - 35/177 – 19.8%, 15th
CLE – 23/130 – 17.7%, 20th
UTI - 28/158 – 82.3%, 12th
CLE - 27/153 – 82.4%, 12th