DENVER – Just over a month away from the Calder Cup Playoffs, stringing together wins down the stretch is crucial regarding both momentum building and postseason positioning.
In the case of the crowded Pacific Division playoff picture, the Colorado Eagles are making sure to secure a bid through sheer will and continued victories.
Battling a round of call-ups to the Colorado Avalanche (and therefore having to pull from the Utah Grizzlies), the Eagles lost only three times in February, going 7-3-0 in the process. The momentum has continued into March, with Colorado earning wins over league-leading Milwaukee and Pacific playoff hopeful Ontario.
The Eagles 4-1 win over the Reign on Friday night sets the stage for a potential weekend sweep for Colorado on Saturday night (7:05pm MST).
- Overall Record: 29-21-6 (.571); 64 points, fifth place of out seven in Pacific Division, seventh out of 15 in the Western Conference
- Home Record: 11-9-6 (.538)
- Road Record: 18-12-0 (.600)
- Power Play: 33 goals on 217 attempts (15.21%, 25th in the AHL)
- Penalty Kill: 53 goals allowed on 251 attempts (78.88%, 27th)
- Goals For Per Game: 2.96 (17th)
- Goals Against Per Game: 3.48 (28th)
- Shots For Per Game: 30.75 (14th)
- Shots Against Per Game: 35.36 (30th)
Power forward Bokondji Imama currently sits third in the league with 122 penalty minutes. Netminder Cal Petersen, although up with the Los Angeles Kings since February 6, is third in the AHL regarding saves (1,146).
In six games played thus far against Colorado this season, Ontario has gone 2-2-2. The Reign have earned both a home and road win against the Eagles, a home and road loss, and earned a point in two home overtime losses. Ontario has outscored Colorado 10-3 in their two victories, while the Eagles overall tally against the Reign in their four wins is 14-4.
- Overall Record: 32-17-4 (.642); 68 points, second place of out seven in Pacific Division, fourth out of 15 in the Western Conference
- Home Record: 16-9-2 (.630)
- Road Record: 16-8-2 (.654)
- Power Play: 42 goals on 238 attempts (17.65%, 16th in the AHL)
- Penalty Kill: 36 goals allowed on 200 attempts (82.00%, 15th)
- Goals For Per Game: 3.36 (6th)
- Goals Against Per Game: 2.94 (12th)
- Shots For Per Game: 31.85 (7th)
- Shots Against Per Game: 32.55 (28th)
Forward T.J. Tynan is second overall in the league in assists (39) behind Iowa’s Sam Anas (46). Goaltender Hunter Miska continues to be a top-ten AHL netminder in two key categories: goals against average (2.48 – 8th) and save percentage (.925 – 5th). Miska is 15-5-4 this season, winning nine out of 11 starts in the 2020 calendar year.
Colorado is starting to shake off the home-game habit they’ve had of winning on Fridays but losing on Saturdays. After starting the season 2-5-1 in Saturday home games, the Eagles have gone 1-1-0 in their last two Saturday matchups at the Budweiser Events Center (a win versus San Jose on Feb. 8 and a loss against Milwaukee on Feb. 29).
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