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Hot Team: Toronto Marlies
The Marlies are starting to look like the Calder Cup finalists they were last season, winning six of their last seven games. In that span, Toronto has scored 34 goals, a huge improvement over 19 goals in its first eight games.
The added offense is coming from familiar sources like Nazem Kadri, who only managed three assists in October but has sprung to life in the last five games with 11 points. Nicolas Deschamps has scored in each of the last three games, while defensemen Jake Gardiner and Mike Kostka continue to generate scoring chances from the blueline, combining for 16 points in the last seven games.
Even with goal-scoring leader Leo Komarov looking to return to Russia, Toronto has the scoring depth to maintain its recent gains. If they find some consistency in goal, the Marlies could go far again this season.
Cold Team: Manchester Monarchs
At the end of October, Manchester was 5-1-0-0 with an offense averaging four goals per game. In eight games since, the Monarchs have scored more than two goals in a game only twice -- their only two wins in that time.
Brandon Kozun, the team scoring leader with 13 points, is a minus-4 with no points in his last two games, while players like Andrei Loktionov and Slava Voynov are struggling to find consistency after spending significant time in the NHL last season.
Adding to their woes is the recent slump of starting netminder Martin Jones, who has allowed four or more goals in three of his last four starts. But Jones can only do so much if pucks aren’t going in at the other end of the ice.
Prospect Watch: Binghamton Senators
Defenseman Jared Cowen is done for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum, but the Senators still have a number of exciting prospects to watch on Binghamton.
Robin Lehner is one of the league’s best goaltenders through 10 starts, with a 1.77 goals-against average and .945 save percentage. Lehner is the main reason the Senators aren’t at the bottom of the East Division, having scored a division-low 34 goals.
Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad both have five points, but Stone has only played seven games, while Zibanejad has played all 13 for Binghamton. Jakob Silfverberg, a second-round pick in 2009, has seven points to start his first North American pro season.
Scoring Leaders: Week 6
Rookie defenseman Justin Schultz continues to lead the league with 21 points, while his Oklahoma City teammate Jordan Eberle is next with 19. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 17 points, tied with Nino Niederreiter, Gustav Nyquist, Brayden Schenn, Cory Conacher and T.J. Hensick.
Surveying the schedule:
- The Abbotsford Heat head south for the first time this season, with games against Texas (Friday), San Antonio (Saturday) and Houston (Sunday). The Heat are 2-2-0-1 on the road this season, a far cry from their 8-0-1-1 home record.
- The Milwaukee Admirals have a busy week on the road. Starting on Tuesday in Chicago, the Admirals play four games around the midwest, heading to Peoria on Friday, back to Chicago on Saturday and east to Grand Rapids on Sunday.