Comets Militia: Down on the Farm – January 30th, 2015

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Welcome back to the weekly installment of the Comets Militia Report, where we look at all recent happenings down on the farm.  It’s been a rough month for the Comets, as they have now lost 4 games a row, their worst stretch in a calendar year.

Read on to review what happened.

The
Statistics

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The Utica Comets have fallen off the top spot in the possession rankings, something we have forecasted for the last few months.  You can see all all AHL team level fancystats at HockeyStats.ca.  Their rolling possession numbers are below, and you can see that lately they have been playing as bad as the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Comets PDO has also “fallen” to more normal averages – their team level save percentage is great but the shooting percentage has fallen below average after having been unable to score a goal this week.

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Friday’s
1-5 Loss @ Grand Rapids

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Saturday’s
0-3 Loss @ Rockford

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All Star
Game

Players

Name Pos GP G A PTS +/- PIM Pt/G SOG SoG/G Sh%
21 Dustin Jeffrey C 34 12 18 30 5 12 0.88 68 2.00 17.65%
16 Cal O’Reilly C 41 4 26 30 -6 8 0.73 56 1.37 7.14%
24 Brandon DeFazio RW 40 13 12 25 4 39 0.62 98 2.45 13.27%
6 Bobby Sanguinetti D 34 8 12 20 15 6 0.59 67 1.97 11.94%
17 Nicklas Jensen RW 28 9 8 17 -6 12 0.61 82 2.93 10.98%
28 Alexandre Grenier RW 32 8 8 16 0 43 0.50 65 2.03 12.31%
10 Brendan Gaunce LW 40 4 12 16 3 15 0.40 74 1.85 5.41%
9 Hunter Shinkaruk LW 40 6 9 15 0 18 0.38 87 2.18 6.90%
3 Alex Biega D 35 3 11 14 4 14 0.40 63 1.80 4.76%
36 Wacey Hamilton C 31 4 9 13 4 25 0.42 42 1.35 9.52%
25 Darren Archibald LW 36 6 6 12 6 57 0.33 65 1.81 9.23%
15 Ronalds Kenins LW 36 5 7 12 6 23 0.33 61 1.69 8.20%
41 Will Acton C 23 4 4 8 -4 11 0.35 34 1.48 11.76%
8 Alex Friesen C 26 4 6 10 10 29 0.38 41 1.58 9.76%
4 Kane Lafranchise D 22 2 7 9 3 4 0.41 30 1.36 6.67%
26 Frank Corrado D 21 4 4 8 3 17 0.38 50 2.38 8.00%
37 Andrey Pedan D 21 0 5 5 -3 42 0.24 39 1.86 0.00%
34 Carter Bancks RW 31 4 2 6 5 26 0.19 43 1.39 9.30%
40 Peter Andersson D 26 2 2 4 6 18 0.15 34 1.31 5.88%
2 Travis Ehrhardt D 23 1 3 4 2 18 0.17 21 0.91 4.76%
14 Mike Zalewski LW 21 1 2 3 -2 4 0.14 22 1.05 4.55%
29 Kent Huskins D 17 1 0 1 -3 2 0.06 9 0.53 11.11%
11 John Negrin D 16 0 1 1 3 0 0.06 14 0.88 0.00%
27 Tom Sestito LW 8 0 0 0 0 20 0.00 7 0.88 0.00%

Goaltenders

Name GP Min GA SO GAA W L OT SA SVS Sv%
1 Jacob Markstrom 18 1061:31:00 34 4 1.92 12 4 2 513 479 0.934
2 Joe Cannata 1 59:00:00 2 0 2.03 0 1 0 24 22 0.917
3 Joacim Eriksson 23 1367:26:00 55 0 2.41 12 6 4 639 584 0.914

Transactions

  • Ronalds Kenins has been recalled to Vancouver with Derek Dorsett injured.  This was a bit of a surprise as many expected Nicklas Jensen to be recalled.  Kenins is on the 2nd year of his 2-year Entry Level Contract and it is likely the Canucks want to evaluate Kenins to decide if they wish to re-sign him.

Schedule

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Toronto is a terrible team, they are 2nd worst in the league in possession and the Comets have had success playing with them.  Hopefully this weeks schedule will see the Comets score again.

The News

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  • Fred-65

    I assume there will still be AHL games during the season with Eastcoast teams. So is this a case of a few teams jsut setting up shop in the West but still needing long travel to the east ie more travel, less practise. Seems to me it’s a little premature for Vcr. Now if Dallas Winnipeg the Avs etc moved and made it a true Western league ( maybe E-W in the finals ) the I can see it working. The huge assumption is these new locations will receive support and become financially viable