Down on Farm Report: Picard Paces Crunch
2006-07 RECORD: 21-28-2-7, 51 points (12-12-2-2 home, 9-16-0-5 road), sixth place, North Division
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Friday, March 2 vs. Albany (26-25-2-2), 56 points, fifth place, East Division
Saturday, February 24 vs. Grand Rapids (29-22-4-2), 64 points, fourth place, North Division
LAST WEEK'S RESULT
Wednesday, February 21 - GRAND RAPIDS 4, Crunch 3 SOL
Friday, February 23 - Crunch 5, HAMILTON 2
Saturday, February 24 - CRUNCH 3, Manitoba 0
HOME TEAM IN CAPS
PICARD RACKS UP THE POINTS: Left wing Alexandre Picard had a strong showing last week, tallying two goals and three assists in three games. During the 2006-07 season, Picard has been recalled five times by Columbus, appearing in nine games without recording a point. In 45 games with Syracuse this season, Picard has tallied 10 goals, 17 assists and 73 penalty minutes. His 27 points this season are three shy of matching his total from his rookie season. Picard was drafted by Columbus in the first round, 8th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.
PLATT'S WHIRLWIND TRAVEL: Center Geoff Platt tallied seven points (4g, 3a) last week as Syracuse went 3-0-0-1, earning him a shot in the NHL again. On Saturday, February 24 Platt was recalled by Columbus and appeared in the Blue Jackets 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Platt was reassigned by Columbus on Sunday, February 25, only to get the call once again this afternoon, where he is expected to meet the team in Colorado.
NATIONWIDE INSURANCE COLUMBUS UPDATE: The Blue Jackets went 1-1-0-2 last week, winning on Saturday night against the New York Rangers. Former Crunch player Jody Shelley had a goal last week. Shelley’s goal was his first of the season. Goaltender Ty Conklin was in net for the 4-3 shootout loss against Nashville.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS:
ALBANY (CAROLINA HURRICANS/COLORADO AVALANCHE): On Friday, March 2 Syracuse hosts Albany for the fifth of eight regular season meetings between the clubs. The Crunch are 2-1-1-0 against the River Rats, after losing to Albany 4-2 on January 24 at Pepsi Arena. Defenseman Derrick Walser leads all players in head-to-head scoring with five points (1g, 4a). Left wing Ryan Bayda leads all Albany players in head-to-head scoring with four points (2g, 2a). Goaltender Tomas Popperle has appeared in three games for Syracuse posting a 1-2-0 record, a 3.69 goals against average and a .871 save percentage. Goaltender Tyler Weiman has appeared in three games for Albany, posting a 1-2-0 record, a 4.30 goals against average and a .884 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 44-39-9 against the River Rats.
GRAND RAPIDS (DETROIT RED WINGS): The Crunch host the Griffins on Saturday, March 3 for the third of four regular season meetings between the clubs. The Crunch are 0-1-0-1 against Grand Rapids after dropping a 4-3 shootout decision on February 21 at Van Andel Arena. Center Andrew Murray (1g, 2a) leads all Crunch players in head-to-head scoring with three points. Center Jeff Campbell (2g, 1a) and right wing Darryl Bootland (3a) lead the Griffins with three points in head-to-head scoring. Griffins goaltender Stefan Liv has appeared in both games posting a 2-0-0 record, a 2.88 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. Lifetime, the Crunch are 1-9-2 against the Griffins.
CRUNCHABLES: Defenseman Marc Methot made his NHL debut on Sunday, February 25 with Columbus… Syracuse's 5-2 win in Hamilton on Friday night snapped an eight-game road losing streak… Syracuse finished the month of February with a 5-4-1-2 record, the second month the team has finished over .500 this season… Goaltender Tomas Popperle posted his fourth shutout of the season, in the Crunch's 3-0 win over Manitoba on Saturday night… Defenseman Jamie Pushor's next point will be his 100th career AHL point.