PRIMED AND READY
Monday, 10.22.2012 / 4:13 PM ET
Haven’t had a chance to keep up with the Rochester Americans so far this season? Don’t fret. Here’s a quick primer to get you in the know for Tuesday’s “home” game against the Hamilton Bulldogs at First Niagara Center. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
- The Amerks are 3-2-0 through their first five games, and are currently on a two-game winning streak. Their six points place them third in AHL’s North Division, and fifth overall in the Western Conference.
- Rochester is nine-for-29 on the power play, good for fourth overall in the AHL at 31.0%. Their nine power play markers are also the most in the league. They are 4/19 at home, and 5/10 on the road – including converting on four of six opportunities in an 8-7 win at Hershey on Saturday.
- The eight goals scored against Hershey are the most in one game by any AHL team so far in the 2012-13 season. The 15 combined goals are also a single-game high. Rochester averages four goals for/game, while allowing an average of 4.20.
- While the power play has sizzled, Rochester’s penalty killing has fizzled. They’ve allowed a league-high nine power play goals, and rank 27th in the AHL on the PK at 70.0% (21/30).
- Despite their 3-2-0 record, the Amerks have been outshot in all five games and have allowed a league-high 178 shots on goal.
- Marcus Foligno leads the team in scoring, and is second in the AHL with eight points in five games. His five goals are tied for the league lead with Syracuse’s Tyler Johnson. Foligno posted a career-high four points (2+2) in Saturday’s win over Hershey.
- Cody Hodgson has yet to score a goal, but his seven assists are tops in the AHL. The 22-year-old center is tied for second in team scoring with T.J. Brennan, and has picked up at least one point in four of Rochester’s five games.
- T.J. Brennan leads all AHL defensemen in scoring with seven points (3+4) in five games, with five of his seven points coming on the power play. He’s also tied with Mark Mancari for the team lead in shots on goal with 15.
- David Leggio has played every minute of the season in net for the Amerks, and leads all AHL goaltenders in minutes played (302:01) and saves (157). In five games he has a 3.97 GAA and .897 save%.
- The Amerks were 3-5-1-1 in 10 games against Hamilton last season: 2-2-0-1 at home; 1-3-1-0 on the road. In 152 games all-time vs. Hamilton, the Amerks have a record of 75-67-10.
- Hamilton – Montreal’s AHL affiliate – has played a league-low three games this season, compiling a record of 2-1-0. After opening the season with wins over Grand Rapids and Toronto, the Bulldogs were blanked 5-0 by the Marlies on Saturday.
- Aaron Palushaj leads the Bulldogs in scoring with three points (2+1) in three games, while top Montreal prospect Louis Leblanc is tied with Palushaj for the team lead in goals with two.