Gamblers Weekend Primer: Des Moines, Dec. 13-14

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Defying logic by losing a home regulation game to Chicago by a 6-3 mark Tuesday night, the Gamblers (12-7-4) will take their current 5-6-3 road mark to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for a two-game set with the Buccaneers (8-12-2). These will be the third and fourth matchups of four between the two clubs in the 2013-2014 regular season, with Green Bay taking the first two at the Resch Center in early November by a combined score of 6-1.

Let’s dig deep into the matchup to see if we can isolate one advantage for either squad.

Season Series: Green Bay 2-0-0, Des Moines 0-2-0
Record vs. Des Moines under Derek Lalonde: 5-1-0
Record on road vs. Des Moines since 2011: 1-1-0
Average score over 6 games since 2011: Green Bay 3, Des Moines, 1.5

Team Season Stats
Green Bay: 
28 PTS | 11.5% shot-conversion rate | 89.9% save rate
Des Moines: 18 PTS | 8.1% shot-conversion rate | 90.7% save rate

Individual Season Leaders
Points: Nick Schmaltz (23), Tanner Karty (15)
Goals: Ryan Lough (11), Kevin Irwin (11),  Ryan Galt (7)
Assists: Nick Schmaltz (15), Tanner Karty (9)

Goaltender Comparison
Jared Rutledge (GB): 2.97 GAA, 90.4% save rate
Billy Christopoulus (DM): 3.29 GAA, 91.5% save rate
Ryan Ruck (DM): 3.20 GAA, 90.6% save rate

Additional Notes

  • Des Moines’ 13.9% goal conversion rate on power plays is fourth-worst in the USHL this season. The Buccaneers are roughly league-average when it comes to killing penalties, posting a penalty-kill rate of 82.5%.
  • Allowing Chicago to score on four of its nine power plays Tuesday evening, the Gamblers’ penalty-kill rate of 86.4%, which was second-best in the Eastern Conference, dropped to 83.9% for the season and just above the 82.5% league average mark.
  • With the loss Tuesday night, Green Bay was dealt its first loss of the season when scoring the game’s first goal. Complete splits and records are available here.

Game Briefs

11/1/13 — Green Bay 3, Des Moines 0 — Kevin Irwin scored twice, goaltender Jared Rutledge saved all 29 shots fired at him and Brent Gates Jr. added another score to Green Bay’s total for good measure as the Gamblers skated off with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Buccaneers.

11/2/13 — Green Bay 3, Des Moines 1 — Tallying his third goal of the weekend three minutes in, Irwin gave the Gamblers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Drew Best and Gates Jr. added with two more scores of their own in the second period, and Rutledge let just one of Des Moines’ 22 shots past him en route to a 3-1 win.

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