Gamblers Pregame Primer: Indiana, Dec. 5

After a successful road trip that included two victories over Muskegon (10-10-4) last weekend, the Gamblers (11-5-4) take their 26 points to Eastern Conference foe Indiana (11-5-3) Thursday night for a matchup at the Pan Am Arena. This will be the first of four regular season meetings between the two clubs in 2013-2014 and first since Jan. 13, 2013.

Here are a few notes to consider before the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Season Series: 0-0
Record vs. Indiana under Derek Lalonde: 8-6-2
Record on road vs. Indiana since 2011: 5-3-0
Avg. Score over 16 games since 2011: Green Bay 3.75, Indiana 3.25

Team Season Stats
Green Bay: 26 PTS | 11.2% shot-conversion rate | 90.4% save rate
Indiana: 25 PTS | 9.9% shot-conversion rate | 88.6% save rate

Individual Season Leaders
Points: Nick Schmaltz (21), Scott Conway (19)
Goals: Scott Conway (11), Kevin Irwin (10)
Assists: Nick Schmaltz (13), Patrick Newell (10)

Additional Notes

  • Indiana currently owns the USHL’s second-longest wins streak (4). Its streak began Nov. 23 with a victory over Omaha, whose 36 team points is a league-best.
  • The Ice also holds true to a five-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 9, which is the third-longest active streak in the USHL.
  • Indiana goaltender Jason Pawloski has garnered a save percentage of 89.2% — third-worst among qualifying goalies this season.
  • Gamblers goalie Jared Rutledge comes into the matchup tied for the league-best mark with 11 wins and has played the third-most time of any goaltender this season (1028:46).

-Alec Dopp


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