Gamblers Pregame Primer: Dubuque, Dec. 28

November-recap
GamblersHockey.com

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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