Thursday, January 23, 2014

St. Charles Preview, Grantham Returns to Allen, Lukin B-day, Allen Aliens?

When comparing Allen and St. Charles in almost any statistical category it is easy to draw the conclusion that on paper the Americans should easily get two wins this weekend. Unfortunately games are not played on paper and if Allen takes the Chill lightly they will be in trouble. While St. Charles has a road record that has only four wins (4-12-1) they came against good teams (Quad City, Brampton, Denver & Missouri). Here is a comparison of the two teams:

                                  Allen Americans            St. Charles Chill  
RESULT OF LAST GAME               WIN  3-2 vs ARZ            LOSS  3-6 vs BRM   
GAMES PLAYED                      37                         39                 
RECORD                            23-10-4                    9-25-5             
POINTS                            50                         23                 
HOME RECORD                       11-5-3                     5-13-4             
AWAY RECORD                       12-5-1                     4-12-1             
SHO RECORD                        4-3                        3-4                
LAST 10 GAMES                     8-0-2                      2-7-1              
LAST 5 GAMES                      4-0-1                      1-3-1              
OCTOBER                           5-0-1                      1-3-1              
NOVEMBER                          7-6-0                      2-7-3              
DECEMBER                          5-4-1                      4-10-0             
JANUARY                           6-0-2                      2-5-1                            
SCORING FIRST                     13-3-3                     3-5-1              
LEADING AFTER 1ST                 10-3-0                     1-4-1              
LEADING AFTER 2ND                 13-1-3                     3-5-3              
TIED AFTER 1ST                    7-2-3                      5-9-2              
TIED AFTER 2ND                    8-0-1                      4-3-0              
TRAILING AFTER 1ST                6-5-1                      3-12-2             
TRAILING AFTER 2ND                2-9-0                      2-17-2             
WHEN OUTSHOOTING OPPONENT         12-6-1                     2-7-3              
1 - GOAL GAMES                    12-2-4                     6-8-5              
GOALS FOR PER GAME                3.65                       2.44               
GOALS AGAINST PER GAME            3.11                       3.92               
SHOTS FOR PER GAME                33.70                      28.59              
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME            31.92                      33.54              
POWER PLAY RECORD                 36 - 201   17.9%           30 - 192   15.6%   
PENALTY KILLING RECORD            30 - 203   85.2%           36 - 194   81.4%   
SH GOALS FOR                      8                          5                  
SH GOALS AGAINST                  6                          3                  
PIM AVERAGE                       23.70                      19.54              

Allen                 36   50   44   5   135    
Opponents             35   38   38   4   115    
St. Charles           21   38   32   4   95     
Opponents             38   48   62   5   153 
 - A couple of the more telling stats from the chart above are the goals scored per game with Allen at 3.65 and St. Charles at 2.44. Also, St. Charles has allowed the most goals in the league (153) with 62 of the goals being allowed in the third period.

- Allen and St. Charles have played twice this season with both games in St. Charles. The Americans won both games (6-4 & 5-1). Leading scorer for Allen was Jamie Schaafsma (3 goals 1 assists).

- As is the case almost every weekend Allen has a special teams edge when you look at the percentages and it will be important to take advantage on the power play and penalty kill. The power play struggled last weekend going 1-14 (7.1%).

- Ryley Grantham was released from his professional tryout agreement (PTO) yesterday by the Springfield Falcons (AHL). Grantham played in six games with the Falcons, had two assists, 19 penalty minutes and had a +1 rating. The 6' 4"  210 pound forward signed a PTO with Springfield July 25. Grantham is back in Allen and should be in the line up against St. Charles.

- Jonathan Zion will not arrive in Allen until Friday so do not expect him to play against St. Charles this weekend.

- Surprised to see the Arizona Sundogs practicing at the Allen Event Center (AEC) yesterday. Apparently staying in Allen after the game on Monday was a cheaper alternative than going home or traveling to Vail, Colorado where they will play Denver Friday & Saturday. The Sundogs will practice this morning at the AEC before heading off to Vail.

- Had a chance to talk briefly to Jarret Lukin at practice and nothing new to report on his injury. He is not sure when he might get back to skating. His sister, nephew and I think his mom are in Allen to help him celebrate his 30th birthday which is tomorrow (1/24). His nephew's (Dryden) third birthday was yesterday. Happy birthday Dryden & Jarret.
Happy 30th Birthday Jarret

- Did you see the article on Fox Sports talking about Quad City offering Seattle Seahawks corner back (Richard Sherman) a roster spot:
 Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes he’s the best in football, so one team in the Central Hockey League would like to see him try his hand at a different sport.
The Quad City Mallards (Moline, Ill.) have extended an invitation to the most famous man in football right now, asking him to trade in his cleats for some skates.
“Our roster has been depleted in recent days by a series of call-ups to the American Hockey League and we would be happy to give a world class athlete like Richard Sherman the opportunity to help us combat that roster shortage,” Mallards president Bob McNamara said in a press release.
The hockey club is even willing to wait for Sherman to finish out the season with the Seahawks — but only if he wants to. If the best shutdown corner does opt to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, the Mallards would wait until their Feb. 5 home matchup with the Allen Aliens to welcome Sherman to the team. The Allen Aliens??? COME ON, MAN!!

DID YOU KNOW: According to Tommy Daniels the CHL is looking into having an outdoor game as early as next season. Timing, location, & teams involved to be determined.

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