This post is showing up days late and combined into two. Been an odd personal week up here and the site got somewhat pushed to the back burner. There will be a lot of catching up to do over the next few days. Due to the info being collected, I still plan on “rewinding” and catching up to missed Marlies games over the course of the year, even if they aren’t as descriptive. A regular schedule shall return for these this weekend, as Toronto faces Utica today and tomorrow at the Colaseum.

The Highlights

Here’s Saturday:

Here’s Monday:

The Lines

Carl Grundstrom – Chris Mueller – Sam Gagner
Dmytro Timashov – Adam Cracknell – Trevor Moore
Pierre Engvall – Josh Jooris – Jeremy Bracco
Emerson Clark – Colin Greening – JJ Piccinich

Calle Rosen – Timothy Liljegren
Andreas Borgman – Vincent LoVerde
Andrew Nielsen – Jordan Subban

Monday Starter: Kasimir Kaskisuo
Saturday Starter: Jeff Glass

Powerplay 1: Gagner – Mueller – Grundstrom – Timashov – Liljegren
Powerplay 2: Moore – Cracknell – Engvall – Bracco – Subban
Penalty Kill Forwards: Greening, Jooris, Moore, Cracknell, Engvall, Timashov
Penalty Kill Defencemen: Rosen, Liljegren, Borgman, LoVerde
Scratches: Adam Brooks, Rich Clune, Mason Marchment, Griffen Molino, Sam Jardine, Rasmus Sandin

Quick Notes

  • Sam Gagner was excellent over the two games, following up a quiet debut with five points (3G, 2A). Notably, Gagner switched from right wing to centre in the third period of Monday’s game after Chris Mueller was injured.
  • No firm update on that Mueller injury yet, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see him back in the lineup today. The culprit appeared to be an uncalled high stick at the start of the weekend’s final frame.
  • JJ Piccinich came in for Griffen Molino on the fourth line’s right wing in both games. If we’re being honest, it wasn’t exactly the spark the line needed; as much as Piccinich’s hustle stood out in the preseason, he doesn’t have the raw skill to turn a line with Emerson Clark and Colin Greening into world beaters; the trio were used sparingly and without much in the form of dangerous results.
  • Both Jeff Glass and Kasimir Kaskisuo had nights to forget in goal. It’s early enough in the season to advise against going into a panic, but the performances were the type you’d like to see when you’re worried about losing goaltending depth.

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