Gamblers Pregame Primer: Cedar Rapids Roughriders, Jan. 17

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The Gamblers will hit the road Friday night to take on the Roughriders for the third time this season after splitting the first two games. Both clubs sport similar winning percentages (.597 for Green Bay, .565 for Cedar Rapids) heading into the matchup, and are neck-in-neck in the race for the Eastern Conference’s third place spot.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the matchup. Make sure to follow myself and @GamblersHockey on Twitter for updates when the puck drops at 7:05 PM CT.

Season Series: Green Bay 1-1-0, Cedar Rapids 1-1-0
2012-2013 Season Series: Green Bay 4-2-0, Cedar Rapids 2-2-2
Record vs. Cedar Rapids under Derek Lalonde: 9-5-0
Record on road vs. CR since 2011: 4-3-0
Average score over 14 games since 2011: Green Bay 3.86, Cedar Rapids 3.5

2013-2014 Team Overall Comparison

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2013-2014 Team Home/Road Splits Comparison

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Individual Season Leaders
Points: Andrew Poturalski (29), Nick Schmaltz (29)
Goals: Kevin Irwin (14), Judd Peterson (12)
Assists: Andrew Poturalski (18), Nick Schmaltz (21)

Goaltender Comparison
Jared Rutledge (GB): 2.83 GAA | 90.9% save rate
Danny Tirone (CR): 2.64 GAA | 91.6% save rate
Chris Birdsall (CR): 3.51 GAA | 88.4% save rate

Storylines to Watch For

  • Getting Ahead Early — The winners of both games this season have tallied the first score of each contest. Since the start of the 2011-2012 regular season, the team who scores first has come out on the winning side in 10 of 14 head-to-head matchups.
  • Home Struggles — Cedar Rapids isn’t as efficient offensively at home compared to on the road this season, posting a 9.6% shot conversion rate at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena juxtaposed to 13.1% away from it.
  • Special Teams Resolutions  — After failing to convert any of its power play opportunities in four of the five games to finish out 2013, the Gamblers have posted a power play conversion rate of 26.7% (4-for-15).

Game Briefs

12/6/13 — Cedar Rapids 4, Green Bay 3 — In the first matchup of 2013-2014, the Roughriders skated out to an early 2-0 start after the first period. The Gamblers fought back, however, starting with Sebastian Weberg’s fifth goal of the season in the second frame and Kevin Irwin’s eleventh to open the third. Yet Cedar Rapids answered with two more goals in the final period, rendering Ryan Lough’s score with four minutes late inconsequential to give the Roughriders a 4-3 victory.

12/31/13 — Green Bay 2, Cedar Rapids 1 — With 4,777 fans in attendance for a new year’s eve matchup, Gamblers goaltender Jared Rutledge staved off 17 Roughrider shots in the first and second period (and 11 of 12 in the final frame), while Sebastian Weberg and recent addition Connor Hurley added with goals to give Green Bay a crucial 2-1 home victory.

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