Gamblers Pregame Primer: Cedar Rapids, Dec. 31

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Pulling even with Dubuque and Team USA for the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 spot following their victory over the Fighting Saints Saturday night, the Gamblers will wrap up their brief home-stand with a matchup with the Roughriders on New Year’s Eve. This will be the second of six meetings between the clubs this season, with Cedar Rapids defeating Green Bay by a 4-3 regulation score Dec. 6 on their home ice.

Let’s take a look at matchup from a historical and in-depth statistical perspective.

Season Series: Green Bay 0-1-0, Cedar Rapids 1-0-0
2012-2013 Season Series: Green Bay 4-2-0, Cedar Rapids 2-2-2
Record vs. Cedar Rapids under Derek Lalonde: 8-5-0
Record @ home vs. Cedar Rapids since 2011: 4-2-0
Average score over 13 games since 2011: Green Bay 4, Cedar Rapids 3.69

2013-2014 Team Home/Road Splits Comparison
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Team Season Stats
Green Bay: 33 PTS | 11.2% shot conversion rate | 90.1% save rate
Cedar Rapids: 29 PTS | 11.8% shot conversion rate | 89.4% save rate

Individual Season Leaders
Points: Nick Schmaltz (27), Andrew Poturalski (25)
Goals: Kevin Irwin (13), Judd Peterson (11)
Assists: Nick Schmaltz (19), Andrew Poturalski (16)

Goaltender Comparison
Jared Rutledge (GB): 14-7-3, 2.89 GAA, 90.7% save rate
Danny Tirone (CR): 9-4-0, 2.80 GAA, 91.2% save rate
Chris Birdsall (CR): 5-6-1, 3.51 GAA, 88.4% save rate

Additional Notes

  • Cedar Rapids (17.39%) and Green Bay (17.36%) are essentially even when it comes to converting on power play opportunities this season, but the Roughriders are substantially better at doing so away from their home ice. In 11 road games, they’ve converting on 22.4% of power plays compared to 13.6% at home. The Gamblers convert 15.6% of their power plays into scores at the Resch Center this season and 18.4% on the road.
  • The Roughriders are below league average at killing penalties (81.72 PK%) this season, while Green Bay is slightly above average (84.43 PK%) in that respect.
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