TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies will practice Thursday morning at the Ricoh Coliseum before hosting the Rockford IceHogs this Friday at 7pm.
Here are a few weekly notes to take a look at before then:
The Marlies are 14-4-4 on home ice but only 13-13-2 away from the Ricoh. With 15 of their final 25 games at home, and a seven-point lead atop the North Division standings, some sort of collapse would have to happen to miss the play-offs…Last season the Marlies went 19-24-5 against the North and it hurt them when trying to sneak into a final play-off spot. This season they are 10-10-1 against the North. Not a big improvement but beating the Rochester Americans four out of five contests so far is huge…..The Marlies are an impressive plus-20 in goals for in the first period but minus-11 in the second. In the third, plus-5…..When leading after two periods, the Marlies are 20-0-1. Their only loss came in overtime this past Friday against the San Antonio Rampage…..Unlike the Leafs, Dallas Eakins’ Marlies line-up doesn’t consist of a top six-bottom six. Proof? Marcel Mueller, Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin were listed as a fourth line this week against the Americans…..Leading scorer Mike Zigomanis has registered at least one point in 33 of 48 games played this season. 13 times he’s recorded two points in a game but not once has he had three or more…..Jussi Rynnas is averaging 36 shots against per game in eight starts with the Reading Royals of the ECHL. With the Marlies he saw only 28 per game. The difference of eight shots per game has him with a 4.23 GAA with the Royals, while playing at the higher level with the Marlies, it was 2.63…..Frattin is expected to score goals and with the Toronto Maple Leafs he had difficulty doing so. Since joining the Marlies, he seems to have found his scoring touch with 11 goals in 18 games and eight in his last nine…..Each time Kadri has returned to the Marlies line up, he has been slow at finding the score sheet. It took him six games to score his first goal since being sent down in early February; but it’s a slight improvement from the nine games it took him to score when he was demoted back in October…..When re-called by the Leafs, Keith Aulie was one of only two Marlies defeceman with a negative plus-minus. His minus-8 is still the worst of anyone on the AHL club, with forward Kyle Neuber’s minus-4 being closest to…..at 5’11”, Jerry D’Amigo is the only Marlie listed at under six feet tall. The Leafs have four players listed at under six feet: Mike Brown, Mikhail Grabovski, John-Michael Liles and Matthew Lombardi….It’s still unclear when exactly Colton Orr will return from his knee injury…..Brayden Irwin re-signed with the Marlies after having to prove his health. He played one game with Toronto but was sent to Reading. He played one game with the Royals, and after some injuries, didn’t stick around there either. He’s most recently been on loan to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL and has seven goals and 14 points in 15 games…..