The Comets continue a five-game homestand Saturday with their first of two meetings over the next five days against the rival Syracuse Crunch. The teams meet a total of three times this month.

What: Syracuse Crunch at Utica Comets.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Adirondack Bank Center at Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Broadcast: KROCK 94.9 FM; watchtheahl.com (Game is free of charge to watch on Saturday).

Records: Comets (20-17-3-1; 44 points, 3rd in the North based on points); Crunch (21-11-2-1), 45 points, 2nd in the North.)

Season series: The 12-game series is even at 2-2-0-0.

Last meeting: The Comets won 4-2 on Jan. 2 in Utica.

Comets rushes Saturday:

Pyatt-Kero-Boucher

Dahlen-Gaunce-MacEwen

Bancks(C)-Hamilton(A)-Lind

Gadjovich-Darcy-Graham

Brisebois-Sifers(A)

McEneny-Blujus

Watson-Saucerman

Kulbakov

About the Comets: Utica has lost back-to-back games following a 4-3 overtime loss to Bridgeport on Friday. That follows a four-game win streak. The Comets are 4-1-1-0 in the last six games. …The Comets are 7-3-1-0 in the second game of back-to-back contests this season. …Utica is 2-0-1-0 in the last three home games – including a win over Syracuse on Jan. 2. The Comets have a 9-9-1-0 record in 19 home games this season, with 19 remaining entering Saturday. The Comets are 11-7-2-2 against the Crunch in Utica. … Brendan Gaunce has three goals and four assists during a career-best six-game point streak, which is the fifth-longest current mark in the AHL. He has 22 points in 25 games with the Comets this season. … Reid Boucher (17 goals, 34 points) and Tanner Kero (team-best 18 assists, 33 points) rank 18th and 19th respectively among AHL points leaders.

About the Crunch: Syracuse is winless in its last three games (0-2-0-1) following a 4-3 shootout loss to Cleveland on Friday. … Syracuse has lost back-to-back road games and three of the last five. The Crunch was shutout Wednesday at Binghamton. … Syracuse is averaging 3.74 goals per game, which is the most in the AHL. … Eddie Pasquale has made nine consecutive appearances for the Crunch in net. He’s 1-1 with a 2.03 goals-against average against the Comets this season. … Cory Conacher has four goals and four assists in four games this season against his former team.

Transactions: Jagger Dirk was assigned to Kalamazoo on Saturday. He's on a AHL deal with the Comets. ... Craig Wyszomirski was released from his PTO on Friday. ... 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 last Friday. He’s expected to spend the rest of the season with Vancouver. ... The Comets added goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos on a professional tryout contract last Friday. He has been backup the last four games.

Injuries: Vincent Arseneau has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury. He’s not available Saturday. ... 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 Jan. 3. ... Ashton Sautner has been out since Dec. 8 following a hit to the face by Binghamton’s Eric Tangradi. His timeline for return could be the end of the month or early February. He is back with the team. ... 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 15-15-30

Brendan Gaunce 11-11-22

Jonathan Dahlen 8-11-19

Comets goaltenders: Ivan Kulbakov 3.72/.887/7-8-2

Alex Sakellaropoulos – No AHL starts

Power play

UTI - 37/188 – 19.7%, 14th

SYR – 40/163– 24.5%, 3rd

Penalty kill

UTI - 31/172 – 82%, 11th

SYR - 30/171 – 82.5%, 10th