Game Day Preview: Toledo Walleye (21-4-0-0) vs Kalamazoo Wings (10-15-0-3)

Hockey has finally returned to the 419, as Toledo is set to take on Central Division foe Kalamazoo at the Huntington Center! Kalamazoo has yet to beat the Walleye in their first three contests this year, and are looking to turn their season around in the fourth match up of the season. The Walleye have other ideas, as we are looking to improve on our already impressive home record of 8-1-0-0. Our only loss at home came at the hands of the Wheeling Nailers, but in nine home games we are averaging 4.89 goals a game! Time to keep it going tonight against the Wings, who as I mentioned earlier, are off to a tough start.

Toledo Walleye

League Standing: 1st place at 21-4-0-0 and 42 points
Western Conference Standing: 1st
Central Division Standing: 1st
Goals Scored Average: 4.48, with 112 goals scored ranking 1st
Goals Against Average: 2.84, with 71 goals allowed tied for 3rd
Power Play: 24.8%, 1st ranked percentage and have scored 27 Power Play goals
Penalty Kill: 83.1%, 17th ranked percentage with 14 Power Play goals allowed

Kalamazoo Wings

League Standing: 22nd place at 10-15-0-3 and 23 points
Western Conference Standing: 11th out of 14 teams
Central Division Standing: 6th out of 7 teams
Goals Scored Average: 2.46, with 69 goals scored ranking 23rd
Goals Against Average: 3.57, with 100 goals allowed ranking 23rd
Power Play: 12.2%, 22nd ranked percentage and have scored 15 Power Play goals
Penalty Kill: 81.9, 20th ranked percentage with 19 Power Play goals allowed

Player Transactions

 Toledo Walleye:
Cal Heeter has been recalled to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins to backup Eddie Pasquale. Heeter is 10-1-0-0 with Toledo this season with a .898 save percentage. As a result, Toledo native Andrew Gedert added as an emergency backup goaltender. The Woodmore graduate participated in the Walleye Free Agent Camp and Training Camp, but didn’t make the regular season roster. Gedert will serve as a backup for his first ECHL game tonight.

Kalamazoo Wings:
Wings defenseman Guillaume Rioux-Legault was suspended by the team on the December 21st, and goaltender Nick Riopel was also recalled to the AHL Syracuse Crunch. Goaltender Keegean Asmundson was claimed off of waivers to fill the void left by Riopel’s recall.

 

In terms of stats and success, these teams are at separate ends of the scale. With Toledo coming off a successful six game road trip out west, the team is more than ready to return to the Huntington Center and their loyal fans. Kalamazoo on the other hand has struggled to put together a solid string of games, as they have limped out of the gates to manage 10 wins in 28 games. I don’t see the Wings starting their turn around tonight either, as the Walleye should come out swinging after four days of rest. Hope you’re at the Huntington Center tonight, and let’s go Walleye!

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