Game Preview: Titans Host Knights for Midweek Game
The Titans will be hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights tonight at 7:00 PM at the Middletown Sports Complex for a midweek game. This will be the first of five straight home games for the Titans.
Titans and Knights Overview
The Titans have beaten the Knights all four times they have played this season by a combined score of 19 to 10. The last time they played was back on December 11 at the Revolution Ice Centre when the Titans won 3 - 2 as Matt Cameron had the game winner.
Tyrone Bronte has the most points against the Titans with five (2 goals and 3 assists). Bronte and Nikita Asylaev each have two goals against New Jersey. The Knights are 2 for 2 (100%) on the powerplay. The Knights goaltenders have a combined 4.75 goals against average and .875 save percentage.
Cameron has the most points against the Knights with five (4 goals and 1 assist). He also has the most goals (4). The Titans are 3 for 6 (50%) on the powerplay. Netminders Arseni Sergeev and Patrick Pugliese have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 18-14-2-1 record for 39 points (12 points behind the division leading Titans). WBS is 6 - 4 in their last ten games, and they are coming off a 4 - 2 home win against the Maryland Black Bears (the Knights swept Maryland this past weekend and have won four in a row). The Knights have scored 103 goals (sixteenth in the league) while they have allowed 111 (also sixteenth in the league). WBS leads the league on the power play having converted on 35.9% of their chances with the man advantage while they are last in the league on the penalty kill by preventing the opposition from converting on 63.5% on their chances.
WBS is led by Lincoln Hatten in almost every category: points (17 goals and 22 assists); goals (17); game winning goals (five) and penalty minutes (94). Johnny Kaljian and Bronte each have a team high +16.
The Knights goaltenders have a combine 3.06 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout.
The Titans are in the first place in the East Division with a 25 - 6 - 0 - 1 record for 51 points. They have won seven of its last ten games, and they are coming off a 7 - 4 road win against the Maine Nordiques. They have scored 149 goals (most in the league) and have allowed 99 (tenth in the league). The Titans are second in the league on the power play having converted on 30.3% of their chances while they have prevented the opposition from scoring on the penalty kill 82.9% of the time (tenth best in the league).
Mitch Machlitt leads the team in total points with forty-three (20 goals and 23 assists) and goals (20). Michael Outzen has a team best five game winning goals. Cade Penney has a team's best and +/- with +24 while Brody Medeiros has the most penalty minutes on the team with sixty.
The goaltending tandem of Pugliese (2.83 GAA and .912 SV%) and Sergeev (3.28 GAA and .898 SV%) have a combined 3.01 goals against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout (Pugliese).
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