Game Preview: Amerks at Penguins, 10/26/2012


Normally I reserve game previews for games I’m attending, but seeing that the next Amerks home game isn’t until next week, I thought I would drop some knowledge on you. Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Penguins) and the Rochester Americans. Last season the Amerks were 0-1-0-1 against the Penguins and 0-0-0-1 on the road. Will the Amerks be able to win their fourth game in a row? Well, I certainly hope they will.

I’ll spare you the boring words and skip directly to the numbers.

Records: (W-L-OTL-SOL)

  • Amerks: 6 GP 4-2-0-0, Currently 4th in the Western Conference
  • Penguins: 4 GP 0-4-0-0 Currently 15th in the Eastern Conference (30th in the league)

Goals: (Shootout Goals Excluded)

  • Amerks: 22 GF, 22 GA
  • Penguins: 6 GF,  12 GA

Penalty Killing:

  • Amerks: 120 PIM, 32 PKs, 9 PPGA, 71.9 PK%, 0 SHGF, Currently 26th in the league
  • Penguins: 82 PIM, 27 PKs, 3 PPGA, 88.9 PK%, 0 SHGF, Currently 5th in the league

Power Plays:

  • Amerks: 33 PP chances, 10 PP Goals, 30.3 PP%, 1 (EN) SHGA, Currently 4th (!!!) in the league
  • Penguins: 24 PP chances, 3 PP Goals, 12.5 PP%, 0 SHGA, Currently 21st in the league

Goalies: (Numbers in parenthesis indicate rank. * indicates projected starter. If less than 60 Minutes played no rank is given)

  • Amerks: David Leggio*, 6 GP 4-2-0-0, 3.48 GAA (40/54), 0.902SV% (26/54), 21 GA (54/54), Saves: 193 of 214 (1/57)
  • Amerks: Connor Knapp (Rookie), ???
  • Penguins: Brad Thiessen, 1 GP 0-1-0-0, 3.01 GAA (27/54), 0.844 SV% (47/54), 3 GA (Number better than 54/54), Saves:  19 of 22 (54/57)
  • Penguins: Jeff Zatkoff*, 3 GP 0-3-0-0, 3.07 GAA (34/54), 0.875 SV% (41/54), 9 GA (Number better than 54/54), Saves: 63 of 72 (27/57)

Forwards & Defensemen: (Points, Goals, Shots) (Minimum 1GP)

  • Amerks: 17/22 have points, 13/17 have goals, 22 goals on 170 SOG by 22 players (0.129 Shot %)
  • Penguins: 11/23 have points, 5/11 have goals, 6 goals on 124 SOG taken by 19 players (0.048 Shot %)

Forwards & Defensemen: Rookie Skaters (Minimum 1GP)

  • Amerks: 4 forwards, 1 defenseman. 2G, 3A, 31 SOG (0.065 Shot %)
  • Penguins: 2 forwards, 2 defensemen. 1G, 4A, 23 SOG (0.043 Shot %)

Of course the above could all be rendered moot by the coaches using a player they haven’t used yet, or switching up goalies. We’ll find out come game time tonight. The Amerks have only two skaters who have yet to play in a game, Nick Crawford (D) and Jon Parker (RW). Perhaps one of them will see some action tonight, but that is doubtful unless someone is injured or sick.

Keys to the Game:

  • Amerks: Play defense, score goals, and have your goalie stop some pucks. (That’s some hard-hitting analysis right there, folks.)
  • Penguins: Keep on sucking.

No game song for road games, but here’s a delightful gif instead!

In Coach Rolston we trust.

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