Game Day Preview: Toledo Walleye (23-4-0-1) vs Brampton Beast (17-8-1-2)

Time to tame the Beast, because it’s time for some T-Town Hockey! In what will be the third match up of the year, Toledo looks to stay perfect against a talented Brampton team. The Walleye are coming off a 4-1 victory over divisional opponent Kalamazoo, while Brampton’s last game was a dismantling of the Fort Wayne Komets 6-1 to extend their win streak to four games. Both teams have powerful offenses and excellent Power Play units, while Toledo’s defense has a clear advantage statistically. Toledo looks to take advantage of this and improve to 10-1-0-1 at home for 2016, so let’s get after it!

Toledo Walleye
League Standing: 1st place at 23-4-0-1 and 47 points
Western Conference Standing: 1st out of 14 teams
Central Division Standing: 1st out of 7 teams
Goals Scored Average: 4.36, with 122 goals scored ranking 1st
Goals Against Average: 2.79, with 78 goals allowed tied for 3rd
Power Play: 24.6%, 1st ranked percentage and have scored 30 Power Play goals
Penalty Kill: 84.0%, 13th ranked percentage with 15 Power Play goals allowed

Brampton Beast
League Standing: 9th place at 17-8-1-2 and 37 points
Eastern Conference Standing: 4th out of 13 teams
North Division Standing: 2nd out of 6 teams
Goals Scored Average: 3.93, with 110 goals scored ranking 6th
Goals Against Average: 3.57, with 100 goals allowed ranking 20th
Power Play: 19.1%, 8th ranked percentage and have scored 21 Power Play goals
Penalty Kill: 84.9%, 10th ranked percentage with 18 Power Play goals allowed

Player Transactions:

 Toledo Walleye

Defensemen Jordan Hill and Frank Misuraca have been added to the Walleye reinforce a thinning D-core. Hill was returned from a loan to the Manitoba Moose (AHL) while Misuraca was signed to a Standard Player Contract. Scott Czarnowczan (D) was helped off the ice during the Walleye’s last game with a knee injury, no official word from the club I wouldn’t expect to see him in action anytime soon.

Brampton Beast

Four players have been added to the Brampton roster for tonight’s game at Toledo. Forwards David Ling and Taylor Carnevale have been signed to Standard Player Contracts, along with defenseman Christian Weidauer. Goaltender Brandon Billie has also been added to the club as an emergency backup.

 

The Beast and Walleye are both dangerous when in the offensive zone, with equally effective special teams to complement the attack. The biggest difference between these two teams comes with their 5 on 5 defensive play. I have been critical of Toledo’s defense in the past, but they have continued to improve throughout the season and sit 3rd in the ECHL by allowing 2.79 goals a game. Brampton, on the other hand, struggles in their own zone and is allowing 3.57 goals a game. A weak Brampton defense will likely get exposed further by the number 1 offense in the league, as long as the loss of Czarnowczan doesn’t leave Toledo weakened in their own zone. Both teams have been scoring openly in their previous games, so don’t be surprised if we see a high scoring game tonight at the Huntington Center. Look for Toledo to pepper the net and leave the Huntington Center with a win for the final home game of 2016. Let’s Go Walleye!

 

 

Stats and Transactions obtained from the ECHL Website at:
http://www.echl.com

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