2006-07 RECORD: 18-27-1-5, 43 points (10-11-1-2 home, 8-16-0-4 road), sixth place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Wednesday, February 14 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (32-12-2-3), 69 points, third place, East Division
Friday, February 16 vs. Manitoba (25-16-7-4), 61 points, third place, North Division
Saturday, February 17 vs. Rochester (34-16-1-0), 69 points, first place, North Division
Monday, February 19 vs. Hamilton (31-18-2-2), 66 points, second place, North Division
LAST WEEK'S RESULT
Wednesday, February 7 - GRAND RAPIDS 4, Crunch 3
Friday, February 9 - MANITOBA 3, Crunch 2 SOL
Saturday, February 10 - MANITOBA 5, Crunch 2
Sunday, February 11 - CHICAGO 6, Crunch 2
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
OVERALL SHOOTOUT STATS A POSITIVE: The Crunch's 3-2 loss to Manitoba on Friday, February 9 was the Crunch's seventh shootout appearance this season and the 14-round series was the longest in team-history. The next closest shootout was nine rounds played on April 12, 2006 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where the Crunch came away with a 2-1 victory. Despite posting a 1-6 record this season, through three seasons the team boasts a 17-13 record. Prior to this season, the Crunch have been very productive when heading into a shootout. In 2004-05, the inaugural year of the shootout, Syracuse made their appearance 14 times in the shootout, boasting a 10-4 record, only to follow it up the next year with a 6-3 record in nine games. It doesn't matter whether the team is at home or on the road either. The Crunch are 8-6 at home and 9-7 on the road during the three seasons.
METHOT MATCHES LAST SEASON: Despite dropping the last four games, defenseman Marc Methot has managed to continue his strong offensive year. On Sunday, February 11, Methot tallied an assist, his 13th point of the season in 50 games. It took him 71 games to hit that mark during his rookie season in 2005-06. In 121 career AHL games, all with Syracuse, Methot has 2 goals, 24 assists and 117 penalty minutes to his credit.
NATIONWIDE INSURANCE COLUMBUS UPDATE: The Blue Jackets went 1-2-0 last week, after being shutout by Phoenix 3-0 on February 6, then defeating Calgary 2-1 on February 8, only to lose to Chicago 5-4 on February 11. Former Crunch Anders Eriksson (1a), Nikolai Zherdev (1a) and Alex Svitov (1g) registered a point over the weekend. Former Crunch goaltender Pascal Leclaire saw his first action since being sidelined with a knee injury on Sunday, February 11 against Chicago in relief of goaltender Fredrik Norrena. Leclaire saw 46:37 minutes of action, stopping 15 of 17 shots faced.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (PITTSBURGH PENGUINS): The Crunch travel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, February 14 for the sixth of eight regular season meetings between the clubs. The Crunch are 1-3-0-1 against the Penguins, after the Crunch were shutout 2-0 on January 17 at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. Penguins centers Stephen Dixon (1g, 3a) and Rob Schremp (1g, 3a) lead all players in head-to-head scoring with four points. Center Geoff Platt leads all Crunch players with three points (1g, 2a) in head-to-head scoring. Former Crunch goaltender Andrew Penner has appeared four times between the pipes, posting a 3-1-0 record, a 1.96 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. Dan LaCosta has appeared in two games for Syracuse, posting a 0-1-0 record, 1.44 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 34-25-8 against the Penguins.
MANITOBA (VANCOUVER CANUCKS): On Friday, February 16 Syracuse hosts Manitoba for the seventh of eight regular season meetings between the clubs. The Crunch are 2-3-0-1, after losing to the Moose 5-2 on Saturday, February 10 at the MTS Centre. Moose left wing Jason Jaffray lead all players in head-to-head scoring with nine points (4g, 5a). Right wing Adam Pineault leads all Crunch players in head-to-head scoring with three points (1g, 2a). Goaltender Drew MacIntyre has appeared in net twice for Manitoba, posting a 2-0-0 record, a 2.75 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. Goaltender Ty Conklin has appeared in net three times for Syracuse posting a 0-2-1 record, a 2.92 goals against average and .899 save percentage. Lifetime, Syracuse is 8-8-2 against Manitoba.
ROCHESTER (BUFFALO SABRES/FLORIDA PANTHERS): Rochester visits Syracuse on Saturday, February 17, for the seventh of 12 season meetings between the clubs. Syracuse is 3-1-0-2 against Rochester, after shutting out the Amerks 6-0 on February 3 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Defenseman Filip Novak leads all players in head-to-head scoring with 9 points (1g, 8a). Center Janis Sprukts (1g, 4a) leads all Rochester players with five points in head-to-head scoring. Goaltender Dan LaCosta has appeared in two games for Syracuse, posting a 1-0-0 record, a 0.91 goals against average and a .970 save percentage. Goaltender Craig Anderson has appeared in four games for Rochester, posting a 2-2-0 record, a 3.44 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. Lifetime, Syracuse is 56-69-17 against Rochester.
HAMILTON (MONTREAL CANADIENS): On Monday, February 19 Syracuse hosts Hamilton for the fourth eight regular season meetings between the clubs. The Crunch are 0-3-0-0 against The Bulldogs, after falling 4-1 on December 16 at the War Memorial at Oncenter. Center Corey Locke leads all players in head-to-head scoring with five points (1g, 4a). Center Geoff Platt (3g) and left wing Alexandre Picard (3a) lead all Crunch players with three points in head-to-head scoring. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak has appeared in two games for Hamilton, posting a 2-0-0 record, a 0.50 goals against average and a .982 save percentage. Goaltender Ty Conklin has appeared in one game for Syracuse, recording 28 saves in the loss. Lifetime, the Crunch are 29-34-12 against Hamilton.
CRUNCHABLES: With a power play goal on Sunday, February 11 against Chicago, center Geoff Platt moved into a fifth place tie with Mathieu Darche on the all-time power play goals list with 25… Goaltender Ty Conklin made his first appearance in the net for Syracuse on Saturday, February 9 @ Manitoba, since being recalled by Columbus on December 11. His last game for Syracuse was December 10 against Hamilton… Center Zenon Konopka made his Crunch debut on Friday, February 9 @ Manitoba, where he tallied his first point in a Crunch uniform, an assist.