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Baiting the Gators

December 12, 2012 | View Comments

Baiting the Gators

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After playing six straight games against North Division teams, the Clones welcome in the Florida Everblades to town for the first of two games this week at U.S. Bank Arena.

 

Based on the numbers, the Everblades are a team that is "high risk - high reward" this season...they have a TON of offense - averaging nearly 4 goals per game (3rd best).  However, their defense has been dismal base on the numbers - allowing the second-most goals on average per game (4.09).

 

Here are some other things you need to know for tonight's battle...

 

- It will be strength vs. strength tonight... the Clones rank third in the league in team defense.  They'll be up against that strong offense I just explained.  The stats back it up - a great defense typically beats a good offense.  But Cincy will need another solid 60 minute (or more) effort to come out on top.

 

- The Everblades have added a couple of NHL'ers to their roster...with the NHL Lockout still in full force, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Byrne and former Winnipeg Jet rear guard Mark Stuart are now with the defending ECHL Champs.  Between the two of 'em, they had 154 games in the NHL last year.  Not bad.

 

- Former Cyclone A.J. Jenks makes his return to the Clones tonight...he had 6 points in 13 games last year before being dealt by the Florida Panthers to the Carolina Hurricanes (as part of the deal that sent Mattias Lindstrom to Cincy via San Antonio).  He's strong on the puck and can definitely make plays.  Circle him on your sheet as a guy to stop.

 

- Brian Foster is back in net again...while this probably doesn't come as a surprise to you...it's the status quo for Jarrod Skalde's team.  Despite the loss on Saturday, he's been a stone wall between the pipes all year long.

 

- We'll be on the air on the Cyclones Radio Network at 7:15pm...listen in, or better yet, come down and join us!!

 

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Cyclones Morning Skate Report...

 

 

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Detroit's Dan Cleary says a "Do Or Die" date for NHL season is January 15... do you think they'll make it?

 

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It's a light night in the ECHL...here's everything else going on:

 

Wheeling Nailers (6-8-5) at Toledo Walleye (13-10-1)                                7:05 p.m. ET 

·     Cody Wild leads Wheeling against the Walleye with four points (2g-2a).

·     Toledo’s Luke Glendening is tied for first among rookies with 14 goals.

·     Nailers are sixth with 26.42 shots-against per game.

·     Walleye are league’s second-least penalized team with 12.88 penalty minutes per game.  

 

Kalamazoo Wings (10-10-2) at Fort Wayne Komets (11-9-1)                     7:30 p.m. ET 

·     Eric Kattelus leads Kalamazoo against the Komets with eight points (2g-6a).

·     Fort Wayne’s Tyler Butler is second among defensemen with 65 shots on goal.

·     K-Wings are 7-0-2 when leading after two periods.

·     Komets are 7-1-1 in one-goal games.  

 

Florida Everblades (10-8-5) at Cincinnati Cyclones (14-6-2)                      7:35 p.m. ET 

·     Florida’s Mathieu Roy is tied for third with 17 power-play points (6g-11a).

·     Cincinnati’s Brian Foster is fourth with a 2.22 goals-against average.

·     Everblades are tied for third with 3.91 goals per game.

·     Cyclones are tied for second with nine home wins (9-3-0).  

 

Las Vegas Wranglers (8-10-4) at Colorado Eagles (11-10-3)                     7:05 p.m. MT 

·     Eric Lampe leads Las Vegas against the Eagles with three goals.

·     Colorado’s Jack Combs and Michael Forney are tied for the league lead with 17 goals each.

·     Wranglers are first with 33.32 shots per game.

·     Eagles are second on the power play at 24.8 percent (31-for-125).  

 

Alaska Aces (18-7-0) at Idaho Steelheads (16-5-3)                                     7:10 p.m. MT 

·     Alaska’s Kane Lafranchise is tied for fifth among defensemen with eight power-play points (1g-7a).

·     Idaho’s Austin Smith is on a nine-game point streak since Nov. 21 (11g-4a).

·     Aces are tied for second with six shorthanded goals.

·     Steelheads are 14-1-1 when scoring first.


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