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From the Monsters Desk: Week 12 - Return to Central NY

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Greetings Monsters fans, hope the holidays have gone well for all. This week we go back to LEM's old stomping grounds, the North Division, for a couple of games against Rochester and Utica.

News

- Not much in the news department this week, most of the guys have been home for Christmas break and the NHL has been in a roster freeze. Some travel issue did pop up:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s taking all of me not to go get a spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy&#39;s while I&#39;m waiting for my next flight.</p>&mdash; Trevor Cheek (@trevorcheekAZDK) <a href="https://twitter.com/trevorcheekAZDK/status/548253234855305216">December 25, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>What a way to end my Christmas break with my bags being left back in Minnesota! Thanks <a href="https://twitter.com/Delta">@Delta</a> for the great Christmas present <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Not?src=hash">#Not</a></p>&mdash; Cody Corbett (@nippintwine) <a href="https://twitter.com/nippintwine/status/548262884271083520">December 25, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Weekend Preview

The Amerks started the season off well but have been awful lately going 2-8 in their last 10 games. They sit in 14th place in the WC, strangely enough where the Monsters were a handful of weeks ago, 10 points out of a playoff spot. They give up lots of goals and rack up tons of penalty minutes. Oh boy.

The Comets on the other hand are the best team in the AHL with only 5 regulation losses so far in 29 games. They are extremely stingy on defense, giving up 2.14 goals per game but actually score less prolifically than the Monsters. Back on Nov 7, Utica defeated Lake Erie 4-1 with the lone goal coming from Borna Rendulic in garbage time. The Monsters had 7 PPs and couldn't convert on any of them. This will be a toughie.

Schedule

Monsters at Amerks Friday night 7:00pm in the ET, radio on 850 WKNR

Monsters at Comets Saturday night 7:00pm in the ET, radio on 1420 WHK

Links

Stats

Standings

Preview from LEM

Next up

Tuesday night in Milwaukee, then next weekend at home vs OKC

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Only a slight overlap in Monsters/Avs games this weekend, drop by Friday or Saturday before the Hawks game. I'll have updates and recaps here and on twitter. Enjoy!