Game Day Preview: Toledo Walleye (29-12-2-2) at Wheeling Nailers (26-18-4-0)

Need something to get you through the work week? Well, how about some Tuesday T-Town Hockey! Your Toledo Walleye travel out to Wheeling to take on the Nailers as they look to extend their four-game win streak. The Nailers are coming into the game with the goal of rebounding from a 7-3 beat down by the hands of the Komets. This contest will be the first of Toledo’s five-game in eight-day stretch, so get ready for plenty of Walleye hockey!

Toledo Walleye
League Standing: 4th with 62 points
Western Conference Standing: 2nd out of 14 teams
Central Division Standing: 1st out of 7 teams
Goals Scored Average: 3.22, with 145 goals scored tied for 12th
Goals Against Average: 2.47, with 111 goals allowed ranking 2nd
Power Play (PP): 16.0%, percentage is tied for 20th, and have 25 goals on 156 PP opportunities
Penalty Kill (PK): 86.9%, percentage is tied for 3rd with 19 PP goal allowed on 145 PKs


Wheeling Nailers
League Standing: 7th with 56 points
Eastern Conference Standing: 4th out of 13 teams
North Division Standing: 2nd out of 6 teams
Goals Scored Average: 3.65, with 175 goals scored ranking 3rd
Goals Against Average: 3.21, with 154 goals allowed ranking 16th
Power Play: 21.0%, percentage ranks 1st, and have 42 PP goals on 200 PP opportunities
Penalty Kill: 81.7%, percentage ranks 20th with 35 PP goal allowed on 191 PKs

Past 5 Games
Toledo: 
Enter Wheeling with a 4-0-0-1 record in their previous five contests, with their latest win coming on Saturday against the Indy Fuel 4-2.

Wheeling: 2-3-0-0 in their last five games, lost on Saturday to Fort Wayne 7-3.

Player Transactions
Toledo Walleye:
Last week Mike Embach played his first game for Toledo after joining the team two weeks ago. Yesterday defensemen Patrick McCarron and Kevin Tansey were recalled to the Grand Rapid Griffins in response to Joe Hicketts’ injury. Parker Reno has been activated from the reserve.

Wheeling Nailers:
On February 3rd the Nailers made three roster moves to go along with the return of Garrett Meurs from the Manitoba Moose on January 27th. Forwards (F) Reid Gardiner and Troy Josephs were recalled back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL, while Tyler Murovich (F) was signed to a Standard Players Contract.

Toledo faces yet another tough test with five games in eight days, although only two of these games will be on the road. A serious blow was dealt to the Walleye defense with the call-up of McCarron and Tansey yesterday, and the timing is less than convenient as Toledo has to face one of the most potent offenses in the league. On the flip side, Wheeling’s defense has not been all that impressive, so our offense will have their chances. Special teams appear to cancel each other out, as the Walleye power play is struggling along with Wheeling’s penalty kill. The Wheeling power play is wicked but faces an equally talented Walleye PK, so one could argue that special teams are deadlocked. Goaltending will likely be the difference in the contest. Matěj Machovský is likely to get the start tonight after having a fantastic January by going 5-1-0-0 with a 1.16 GAA. Should he continue his excellent play, the Walleye have a solid chance to make it five straight wins in Wheeling tonight.

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