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Hot Team: Toronto Marlies
The Marlies are 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games and are tied for the North Division lead thanks to their potent offense, which hasn’t slowed in the absence of Jake Gardiner. Toronto is tied for second in the league with 96 goals scored.
Gardiner has missed the last six games with concussion-like symptoms. In that span, the Marlies have scored 22 goals. Ryan Hamilton, who leads the team with 12 goals, has four goals and seven points in his last four games. Keith Aucoin leads the team with 24 assists and 30 points and has eight in his last four games.
With Nazem Kadri and Mike Zigomanis expected to return from injury soon, there’s every reason to expect Toronto’s scoring to stay hot into the new year.
Cold Team: Abbotsford Heat
The Heat have only won one of their last five games in Abbotsford, where they were unbeatable to start the season. To make matters worse, they’ve won only one of their last six road games, where they’ve struggled all season.
Abbotsford is tied with Toronto for the North Division lead but that will change in a hurry if it can’t find a way to score on the road. Losing top prospect Sven Baertschi to a concussion at the end of November has stifled the Heat’s offense, which managed just five goals in its last four road games.
Roman Horak leads the team with 13 goals but has two in 10 games this month. Without weapons like Baertschi, Abbotsford lacks the scoring depth necessary to be a top team in the AHL.
Surveying the schedule:
- The Providence Bruins have a busy week on the road with games at Portland on Thursday, at Adirondack on Friday and at Worcester on Saturday. Providence is 8-4-0-0 on the road this season.
- The St. John’s IceCaps end 2012 with games at Hamilton on Friday, at Syracuse on Saturday and at Binghamton next Monday. St. John’s is at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and is 3-7-0-0 in its last 10.