Utica tries for its fourth win in five games when they get a visit from the Atlantic Divsion's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It is the opening contest of a five-game homestand for the Comets.
What: Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Utica Comets.
When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Where: Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Broadcast: KROCK 94.9 FM; watchtheahl.com.
Records: Comets (20-17-2-1; 43 points, 3rd in the North based on points); Sound Tigers (21-11-4-2), 48 points, 2nd in the Atlantic.)
Season series: It is the first of two meetings.
Last meeting: Utica won 2-1 in a shootout on Dec. 2, 2017 in Bridgeport.
Comets rushes Friday: Pyatt-Kero-Boucher
About the Comets: The team is 4-4-0-0 in the last eight games following a 6-3 setback against Toronto on Wednesday. The Comets are 13-7-1-0 in the last 21 games. ... The Comets have lost more than 200 man-games to injuries through 40 regular-season games. The injuries includes absences from 10 players. ... The Comets have a five-game point streak (4-0-1-0) against Atlantic Division teams. The Comets are 5-3-1-0 against Atlantic teams overall this season. ... Brendan Gaunce has three goals and three assists during a five-game point streak. It is the longest point streak for Gaunce, who has played 153 AHL games. Gaunce has 21 points in 24 games. He has 94 points, which ranks fifth-most on the Comets' all-time list. ... Defenseman Jesse Graham, who has 2 goals and an assist in the last three games, played 117 games with Bridgeport over four seasons. He's played 189 AHL games. ... Reid Boucher has five points (1-4-5) in his last four games. And, the forward has four points in his back-to-back home games. He has 34 points in 28 games. His points are 12 off his career-best last season.
About the Sound Tigers: Bridgeport, which is in the second half of its schedule, is winless in its last three games (0-2-1-0) following a 3-2 loss Saturday at Binghamton. They are 5-3-1-1 in the last 10 games. ... Bridgeport is wrapping up a season-long six-game road trip Friday. The Sound Tigers are 2-2-0-1 on the current road trip. They are 9-10-2-1 on the road this season. ... Otto Koivula has five goals and three assists during a five-game point streak. His 25 points are second-most on the Sound Tigers roster. ... Third-year standout Josh Ho-Sang was assigned to the Sound Tigers this week. He has 22 points in 26 games with Bridgeport this season.
Transactions: Craig Wyszomirski was released from his PTO on Friday, according to AHL transactions page. ... Adam Gaudette was recalled from the Comets on Tuesday. … Defenseman Cliff Watson was added on a professional tryout contact Tuesday. … 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. He has been backup the last two games
Injuries: Dylan Blujus has recently been listed as a “question mark” after being injured in practice last week. He's missed the last five games. ... Brendan Woods hasn’t played since Dec. 7 due to a lower-body injury. He skated in a red no-contact jersey during practice Jan. 3 … Jalen Chatfield (foot) remains out with a timeline for return set for the end of the month or earlier February. 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. His timeline for return could be the end of the month or early February … 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 17-17-34
Tanner Kero 15-18-33
Zack MacEwen 14-15-29
Brendan Gaunce 11-10-21
Jonathan Dahlen 8-10-18
Comets goaltenders: Ivan Kulbakov 3.71/.888/7-7-2
Alex Sakellaropoulos – No AHL starts
UTI - 36/182– 19.8%, 15th
BRI – 35/184– 19%, 16th
UTI - 29/165 – 82.4%, 11th
BRI - 37/176 – 79%, 24th