Game Day Preview: Toledo Walleye (39-13-2-1) vs Kalamazoo Wings (29-24-1-3)

Go Go Walleye, because it’s Pink the Rink weekend Power Rangers style! Kalamazoo will be the first opponent of a back-to-back home series for Toledo, as we look to rebound from a loss in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Kalamazoo extended their winning streak to five games after they knocked off Brampton 5-4 last night, as they continue to hold onto the last playoff spot in the division. The Walleye, on the other hand, look to clinch a playoff spot with a win. Out of seven games played against Kalamazoo the Walleye are 4-2-0-1, and hold a distinct advantage when looking at offensive and defensive stats. Furthermore, Toledo is on a four game home winning streak, which we’ll look to extend tonight!

 

Toledo Walleye
League Standing: 2nd place at 39-13-2-1 and 81 points
Western Conference Standing: 2nd out of 14 teams
Central Division Standing: 1st out of 7 teams
Goals Scored Average: 4.20, with 231 goals scored ranked 1st
Goals Against Average: 2.78, with 153 goals allowed ranking 1st
Power Play: 24.3%, percentage is ranked 2nd and has scored 56 Power Play goals
Penalty Kill: 85.3%, percentage is ranked 2nd with 25 Power Play goals allowed

Kalamazoo Wings
League Standing: Tied for 16th at 29-24-1-3 and 62 points
Western Conference Standing: 8th out of 14 teams
Central Division Standing: 4th out of 7 teams
Goals Scored Average: 2.91, with 166 goals scored tied for 21st
Goals Against Average: 3.18, with 181 goals allowed ranking 14th
Power Play: 12.2%, percentage is ranked 26th (second to last) and has scored 30 Power Play goals
Penalty Kill: 80.8%, percentage is ranked 19th with 41 Power Play goals allowed

Player Transactions

Toledo Walleye:

Over the course of the past week Toledo has had six players leave the roster and one player return. Matt Caito, Dylan Sadowy, Cal Heeter, and Mike Borkowski all returned to the Griffins while Jared Nightingale was recalled by the Chicago Wolves. Most recently, A.J. Jenks was loaned to the Iowa Wild on March 1st. Tyler Sikura is the only player rejoining Toledo having completed his tryout with the Iowa Wild, and was sent back on the 2nd.

Kalamazoo Wings:

The most recent transactions for the Wings occurred on February 23rd involving forwards Blake Hietala and Cameron Darcy. Hietala was released from his standard player contract, while Darcy joins Kalamazoo after being reassigned from the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

 

With only three games left against Kalamazoo in the regular season, Toledo looks to capitalize by winning out. At first glance these three games would seem rather insignificant overall, but there is a high likelihood that these two teams will face off in the first round of the playoffs. Any knowledge that can be gained from tonight’s game, along with the two next week, will be of great use come playoff time. Plus, division wins will ensure that the Walleye remain as the first seed over Fort Wayne, though they trail Toledo by 8 points. Paterson will most likely be getting the start, and Sikura will be back in the lineup for the first time since the 9-1 destruction of Cincinnati on February 12th. Hope to see you tonight as the Walleye look for their fifth straight home win! Let’s Go Walleye!

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