A Meeting with the MonstersBy: Colin Peterson | Published: November 30th 2017
The Moose are coming in hot to close out the month of November tonight at Bell MTS Place. Having won 11 of their last 12 games, Manitoba sits in first place in their division, and will try to put even more space between themselves and the Monsters when the puck drops at 7 p.m. CT. Head to moosehockey.com/tickets/ so you can be there to see if they can push the win-streak to eight games.
While the whole roster celebrated Tuesday’s win, the game against the IceHogs meant more for Buddy Robinson, as it was his 300th in the AHL. Through the first 300 games of his career, Buddy has 138 points (67G, 71A). The Bellmawr, NJ native is currently on pace for his best statistical season with 15 points (8G, 7A) in 22 games.
WIN NUMBER 15
At 15-5-1-1 the Moose are way ahead of their pace from last season. As a measuring stick, Manitoba didn’t get win number 15 until Jan. 15 on the previous campaign. The Moose reached the mark in 22 games this season as opposed to 37 games in their previous campaign.
WHAT’S THE DIFF?
The Moose outscored their opposition 14-2 on their three-game road swing. Overall, Manitoba currently leads the AHL with 79 goals on the season, and are tied with the first-place Toronto Marlies for the league’s best goal differential at +28.
THE SPECIALS ARE SPECIAL
Buddy Robinson and JC Lipon both recorded a power play goal in Rockford, and the team is now clicking at 21.7% this season, good for second best in the AHL. Meanwhile, Manitoba’s penalty kill has shut down the last 21 opportunities against. They were perfect on the three-game road trip, and their 87.8% kill rate currently ranks them third in the league.
FULL TEAM ATTACK
The Moose are finding scoring from everywhere in their lineup right now. In three of their past six games, 10 or more players have registered at least a point. In Tuesday’s game, eight players recorded multi-point efforts. Looking at the full season, 12 players on the roster are into double digits in points, more than any other team in the AHL.
Thursday’s game is the start of a four-game home stand (Nov. 30). Game two of this four-game home stand is a Saturday rematch against Cleveland at 7 p.m. The second half of the stand goes Dec. 9 and 10 against Milwaukee. Fans should circle those games against the Admirals for the Teddy Bear Toss (Dec. 9) and Star Wars Night (Dec. 10). To get your tickets head to: moosehockey.com/tickets/.