Gamblers Pregame Primer: Cedar Rapids, Dec. 6

Following their 4-3 overtime road victory at Indiana Thursday night, the Gamblers (12-5-4) will make a quick turnaround to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Friday night looking to extend their road winning streak to a season-high four games with a win over the Roughriders (12-6-1). The matchup will be the first of six between the two Eastern Conference opponents in 2013-2014.

Let’s get some historical perspective on the matchup along with a few additional notes before the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Season Series: 0-0
2012-2013 Season Series: Green Bay 4-2-0, Cedar Rapids 2-2-2
Record vs. Cedar Rapids under Derek Lalonde: 8-4-0
Record on road vs. Cedar Rapids since 2011: 4-2-0
Avg. score over 12 games since 2011: GB 4.08, Cedar Rapids 3.67

Team Season Stats
Green Bay: 28 PTS | 11.5% shot-conversion rate | 90.5% save rate
Cedar Rapids: 25 PTS | 12.3% shot-conversion rate | 90.8% save rate

Individual Season Leaders
Points: Andrew Poturalski (23), Nick Schmaltz (22)
Goals: Ryan Lough (10), Andrew Poturalski (9)
Assists: Andrew Poturalski (14), Nick Schmaltz (14)

Goaltender Comparison
Jared Rutledge (GB): 2.74 GAA, 91.2% save-rate (18 games)
Danny Tirone (CR): 2.46 GAA, 92.1% save-rate (10 games)
Chris Birdsall (CR): 3.07 GAA, 90.4% save-rate (9 games)

Additional Notes

  • With their victory last night, Green Bay ran its current road win streak to a season-high three games. Only Omaha (4 straight consecutive road wins) currently holds a longer streak.
  • The Gamblers and Roughrighers have each converted essentially league-average marks on power play goals this season, converting on 18.5 and 16.9 percent, respectively, of such opportunities. For reference, the league-average PP% mark through Thursday night is 16.71 percent.
  • Derek Lalonde and company have been efficient on penalty kills this season, posting a 86.6% penalty-kill percentage that ranks fourth-best in the USHL. Conversely, Cedar Rapids’ 82.4% penalty-kill rate ranks fifth-worst. However, the Roughriders are still above the 78.1% league mark in that respect.
  • Though Andrew Poturalski leads Cedar Rapids in points (23) by a sizable margin, the Roughriders don’t rely heavily on any one player on the offensive end. In fact, no player on their roster has double-digit goals this season, with Poturalski and Judd Peterson combining for a team-best nine goals through 19 games.
  • With his two goals last night against Indiana, Ryan Lough tied Kevin Irwin for a team-best 10 goals this season, surpassing Evan Tironese and Drew Best for the Gamblers’ second-highest points mark (19) in the process.
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