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Marlies Kick off Doubleheader Weekend against Amerks

March 23, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Toronto Marlies News Release

The Toronto Marlies return home today for their first of back-to-back games against the Rochester Americans. With the Marlies currently sitting third in the North Division and the Amerks sitting second, this weekend could be a preview of a potential first round playoff series.

The Marlies are coming off a successful four-game road trip that saw them pick up six of a possible eight points. They've won three of their past five and six of their last 10 and currently sit third in the North Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with 80 points.

The Amerks are fresh off a loss against the Cleveland Monsters last night and most recently dropped back-to-back games against the league-leading Charlotte Checkers. They've won two of their past five and six of their past 10 and currently sit fourth in the league with 83 points.

Although these North Division rivals are neck and neck in the division standings, their past three meetings have not been tight games by any means and have all had a four-goal differential. These two teams last met for a home-and-home back in January where the Marlies won 5-1 in Rochester and the Amerks won 5-1 in Toronto the next day.

Players to watch: Jeremy Bracco has points (2-9-11) in six consecutive games. He sits second in league scoring with 70 points and continues to lead the AHL in assists with 52. Bracco is one assist away from setting a new Marlies single-season franchise record in assists. The record is currently held by Spencer Abbott (13-14). Chris Mueller's goal streak came to an end on Wednesday, but his point streak is still alive after recording an overtime assist in Wednesday's game.

The first 5,000 fans through the gates today at Coca-Cola Coliseum will receive a bobblehead commemorating 2018 Marlies Graduate, Garret Sparks. Puck drops at 5:00PM on Leafs Nation Network and AHLTV. Fans in Ontario can also stream the game live in the Maple Leafs App.

Head to Head (2018-19 Regular Season)

35-21-6-4 Overall Record 39-21-3-2

1-2-0-1 Head To Head 3-1-0-0

Win 2 Streak Loss 3

223 Goals For 213

213 Goals Against 183

23.2% Power Play Percentage 20.3%

81.3% Penalty Kill Percentage 81.9%

C. Mueller (28) Leading Goal Scorer V. Olofsson (25)

J. Bracco (70) Leading Points Scorer V. Olofsson (54)

M. Hutchinson (15) Wins Leader S. Wedgewood (25)

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