Gamblers Pregame Primer: Dubuque, Dec. 28


Acquiring Buffalo Sabres draft pick Connor Hurley from Muskegon last week and defenseman Tyler Dorantes from Des Moines last evening, the Gamblers began the second half of the season with a 7-5 victory over the Fighting Saints in Dubuque Thursday night. Green Bay will appear in its second-half home debut against Dubuque at the Resch Center Friday night, hoping to ride the momentum generated from its mid-season acquisitions.

Here are a few notes on the matchup, along with some historical statistics before the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Season Series: Green Bay 1-1-0, Dubuque 1-1-0
2012-2013 Season Series: Green Bay 2-3-1, Dubuque 4-2-0
Record vs. Dubuque under Derek Lalonde: 8-5-1
Record @ home vs. Dubuque since 2011: 4-3-0
Average score over 14 games since 2011: Green Bay 3.07, Dubuque 3.07

Team Season Stats
Green Bay:  31 PTS | 11.3% shot conversion rate | 89.8% save rate
Dubuque:    33 PTS | 10.6% shot conversion rate | 90.1% save rate

Individual Season Leaders
Points: Nick Schmaltz (27), Jarrid Privitera (19)
Goals: Kevin Irwin (13), Alex Privitera (14)
Assists: Nick Schmaltz (19), Dylan Gambrell (15)

Goalie Comparison
Jared Rutledge (GB): 2.97 GAA, 90.4% save rate
Hayden Stewart (DUB): 3.06 GAA, 90.0% save rate

Additional Notes

  • Though one of the Eastern Conference’s top squads, the Fighting Saints are much less formidable on the road, converting just 6.9% of their shots away from their home ice compared to 14.1% on it. However, they do receive consistent goaltending regardless of the venue, allowing 2.83 goals on average away from Dubuque juxtaposed to 2.77 goals on average in their home town.
  • Green Bay’s 7-5 victory over Dubuque Thursday evening marked the first time in which the Gamblers have won despite allowing more than three goals in a given contest in 2013-2014. Converting seven of its 23 shots in the game, Green Bay also posted its highest single-game shot conversion rate (30%) of the season.

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