2006-07 RECORD: 24-30-2-7, 57 points (14-13-2-2 home, 10-17-0-5 road), fifth place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Tuesday, March 13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (40-17-2-4), 86 points, third place, East Division
Friday, March 16 vs. Hamilton (36-22-3-4), 79 points, second place, North Division
Saturday, March 17 vs. Houston (22-32-3-6), 53 points, seventh place, West Division
Sunday, March 18 Hamilton ( Montreal) (36-22-3-4), 79 points, second place, North Division
LAST WEEK’S RESULT
Friday, March 9 - Crunch 7, ROCHESTER 4
Saturday, March 10 - CRUNCH 5, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1
Sunday, March 11 - ALBANY 5, Crunch 2
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
CALDWELL AND GLENCROSS HAVE STRONG WEEKEND: Defenseman Ryan Caldwell and left wing Curtis Glencross both made their return to the Crunch felt, each recording a point in each of the teams' games this weekend. Caldwell posted two goals and one assist in the three games after missing the previous eight games with an injury. Glencross, just returned from Columbus on Thursday, posted three goals and three assists over the weekend.
NOVAK CONTINUES STREAK – LINDSTROM'S ENDS: Defenseman Filip Novak missed the Crunch's game on Saturday against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with an injury. Prior to his injury, Novak was on a four-game point streak, tallying six points (2g, 4a). Novak picked up where he left off on Sunday in Albany, recording one assist. Left wing Joakim Lindstrom on the other hand had his five-game point streak come to a halt, after being held pointless on Sunday against Albany. Lindstrom has tallied 10 points (5g, 5a) in the five games prior to Sunday.
POPPERLE HITS GROOVE: Goaltender Tomas Popperle has seemed to find his comfort zone, posting victories in both games he appeared in net for the Crunch. In his last six outings, Popperle has only dropped one decision, a 4-3 loss to Albany on March 2 at the War Memorial. During that time Popperle allowed 14 goals on 171 shots faced. The strong showing has improved Popperle's to over .500 with a 18-15-3 record.
NATIONWIDE INSURANCE COLUMBUS UPDATE: The Blue Jackets went 1-2-0-0 last week, beating Los Angeles 3-2 on Wednesday, March 7, then closing out the week with a 3-0 shutout loss to Dallas and a 2-1 loss to Nashville. Center Geoff Platt tallied his first NHL goal against Los Angeles.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (PITTSBURGH PENGUINS): The Crunch travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday, March 13 for the seventh of eight regular season meetings between the clubs. Syracuse is 2-3-0-1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5-1 on March 10 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Left wing Joakim Lindstrom (1g, 3a) leads all Crunch players in head-to-head scoring with four points. Centers Stephen Dixon (1g, 3a) and Rob Schremp (1g, 3a) lead all Penguins players in head-to-head scoring with four points. Goaltender Tomas Popperle has appeared in four games for Syracuse, posting a 2-1-1 record, a 2.46 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. Goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers has appeared twice times between the pipes, posting a 1-1-0 record, a 3.01 goals against average and a .905save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 35-25-8 against the Penguins.
HAMILTON (MONTREAL CANADIENS): Syracuse hosts Hamilton on Friday, March 16 and travels to Montreal to play Hamilton on Sunday, March 18 for the sixth of eight regular season meetings between the clubs. The Crunch are 2-3-0-0 against the Bulldogs, after defeating Hamilton 5-2 on February 23 at Copps Coliseum. Center Corey Locke leads all players in head-to-head scoring with seven points (3g, 4a). Goaltender Tomas Popperle has appeared in three games for Syracuse posting a 1-2-0 record, a 3.70 goals against average and a .874 save percentage. Goaltender Yann Danis has appeared in two games for Hamilton, posting a 1-1-0 record, a 4.45 goals against average and a .868 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 31-24-12 against the Amerks.
HOUSTON (MINNESOTA WILD): On Saturday, March 17 Syracuse hosts Houston for the second and final of two regular season meetings between the teams. The Crunch won the only other meeting of the season, 4-1 at Toyota Center. Left wing Joakim Lindstrom (1g, 2a) leads all players in head-to-head scoring with three points. Several Houston players have one point each in head-to-head scoring. Goaltender Tomas Popperle has appeared in one game against Houston, recording 18 saves. Houston goaltender Josh Harding recording 25 saves in the loss. Lifetime, Syracuse is 2-3-0 against Albany.
CRUNCHABLES: Syracuse had their three game win streak snapped on Sunday with a 5-2 loss to Albany… Right wing Ryan Keller recorded his first multiple point game in a Crunch uniform on Saturday night against Wilkes-Barre (2a)… Defenseman Derrick Walser was on a six-game point steak (3g, 5a) prior to being recalled … Friday night is only the fifth time this season the Crunch have won when the opposing team has scored first (5-14-0-3)… The four goals in the second period of Friday night's game against Rochester ties the Crunch's season high.