PREVIEW: Squaring off with the Senators
The Manitoba Moose (26-10-3-2) start a nine-game stretch of road games, tonight in Belleville (18-22-0-3). This will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Moose and Senators, with Manitoba grabbing a point in all three previous matchups. The last time these teams met was also at Yardmen Arena with Manitoba exploding in the third period to win 7-3. The Moose have been dominant on the road this campaign, so make sure to tune in to TSN 1290 or moosehockey.com/listenlive/, for the 6 p.m. (CT) puck drop with Mitch Peacock calling all the action.
LOOK OUT FOR BUDDY
Buddy Robinson has enjoyed playing against his former organization this season, racking up nine points (3G, 6A) in three games against the Senators this season. After posting two goals in the teams’ first matchup, he tallied two assists in the second. His last visit to the Yardmen Arena resulted in a five point (1G, 4A) outburst. Robinson is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing two games due to injury.
Mason Appleton took over the Moose points scoring lead on Saturday, assisting on Tucker Poolman’s first period goal. The rookie now has 36 points (12G, 24A) in 41 games. In addition to leading the Moose, Appleton is third among AHL rookies in points and leads first year AHL’ers with 24 assists on the season. This morning it was announced that Appleton will be replacing Jack Roslovic at the 2018 All-Star Classic..
GETTING THE CALL
Brendan Lemieux is back with the Winnipeg Jets after being recalled by the club on Monday. Lemieux appeared in three games, registering one assist, with the Moose after returning from his previous stint with the Jets. Overall, Lemieux has a career high 25 points (9G, 16A) in 27 games with the Moose. He has also suited up for eight games with the Jets, scoring one goal.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After a stretch playing 18 of 26 games on home ice, the Moose hit the road for nine straight games starting in Belleville tonight. Manitoba owns a 14-4-1-0 mark, good for the league’s third-best winning percentage (0.763), away from Bell MTS Place this season. The team has points in eight straight road games coming into their nine-game road segment.
Nic Petan is on the verge of surpassing the career high numbers he set in his rookie campaign. Petan has nine goals and 23 assists in 34 games this season, matching his 47-game totals from 2015-16. In addition to his 32 points, Petan is also a +11 plus/minus rating, compared to a -18 rating in his first pro season.
The Moose have two more games before they break for the All-Star Classic on Sunday. They’ll take on the Laval Rocket twice (Jan. 26/27) and then Head Coach Pascal Vincent, goalie Michael Hutchinson, defenceman Cameron Schilling, and rookie forward Mason Appleton will head to Utica for the event.