Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Jersey Outlaws vs. Danbury Whalers-Thanksgiving Eve

The New Jersey Outlaws will take on the Danbury Whalers tonight from the Ice Vault at 7:35PM. The Outlaws are on their longest home stand of the year, this is game three of five and are 8-2 on the season. The Whalers are the only team they have lost too and Danbury is right behind them in the standings. The Outlaws are in second place and the Whalers in third place. It should be a exciting night of hockey at the Ice Vault in Wayne,NJ. Here are the pregame notes.
The Outlaws have yet to play an overtime game. This is their 11th game of the season and their seventh home game. They are 5-1 at home and 3-1 on the road. The Outlaws defeated the Vermont Wild on Saturday night by the score of 8-2. The Outlaws will take on Brooklyn Friday and Saturday nights at home. They won’t be playing many home games over the next month after this weekend so they want to take advantage of these games.

The Outlaws have scored 51 goals and allowed 27. They have a very good power play which comes in at 34%. The penalty kill is at 80 percent which isn’t great but it isn’t horrible either. The leading goal scorers are Kevin Cooper and Travis Kauffeldt who each have nine. Matthew Puntureri leads the team in points with 21. Kauffeldt has 19 and Cooper has 18. The Outlaws have a pretty balanced scoring attack, they have a lot of guys that can score and put points on the score sheet. The two goalies are also good, Adam Dekker is 4-0 with a 2.50 goals against average and a 924 save percentage. Dan McWhinney is 4-2 with a 2.84 goals against average and a 905 save percentage.

This is also the 11th game for Danbury and they are 7-3 on the season. They also have not played an overtime game this season. They are 3-2 on the road and 4-1 at home. They have scored 43 goals and given up 34 goals. They won their last game against Cape Cod 5-3 and they will take on Akwesasne on Friday on the road.

Their power play is pretty good with a 25% success rate and their penalty kill is at 75.6% which is pretty low. Chris Seifert leads the team with seven goals and he leads the team with 15 points. Nick Deschenes has 13 points and Greg Holt has 12 points. Peter Vetri is one of their goalies and he is 3-1 with a 3.00 goals against average and a 916 save percentage. Nick Niedert is 4-2 with a 3.60 goals against average.

This is the fifth time these two teams have met this season and they have split the first four games. The Outlaws lost at Danbury to start the season by the score of 5-4. They won at home 5-3 in the second game of the season. November 5th they lost at home to them by the score of 4-2 and they beat them on November 11th by the score of 5-2.

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