Hamilton Bulldogs Game Thread: Bulldogs vs Marlies - Bulldogs Home Opener

Aaron Palushaj hopes to start strong with the Bulldogs. - Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

The Hamilton Bulldogs are set to play their home opener, the first of a home-and-home series, against the Toronto Marlies on Friday night.

Tonight, the Hamilton Bulldogs begin their home-and-home series against the Toronto Marlies. The Bulldogs are coming into this game at 1-0-0-0, and well rested, after downing the Griffins 4-3 in a shootout last Saturday night.

The Marlies come into tonight's game with a 1-1-0-0 record after being shut out 4-0 by the Lake Erie Monsters, despite outshooting the Monsters 40-18. This will be the first of 12 meetings between the clubs this year, with #2 coming tomorrow night.

All time, the Bulldogs are 38-31-6-7 against the Marlies, going 4-7-1-0 against them last season. Last year, the Marlies finished first in the North Division, progressing to the Calder Cup Finals where they would lose to the Norfolk Admirals 4-0.

The Marlies tentative lineup for tonight's game:

Forwards

Ryan Hamilton - Keith Aucoin - Mike Zigomanis
Nazem Kadri - Joe Colborne - Leo Komarov
Jerry D'amgo - Will Acton - Nicolas Deschamps
Carter Ashton - Greg McKegg - Greg Scott

Defensemen

Defense pairings haven't been announced for the Marlies, but it appears that Paul Ranger isn't playing

Goaltenders

Ben Scrivens
Jussi Rynnas

Notables:

  • Nazem Kadri, a lightning rod of criticism, will be looking to prove his doubters wrong by building on his 1 assist so far this year.
  • Jake Gardiner, the Leafs promising young d prospect, will also be in the lineup. He currently has 1G, 1A so far this year.

Derek Wills (@dogsplaybyplay) tweeted this mornings line combos:

Forwards

Steven Quailer - Blake Geoffrion - Brendan Gallagher
Aaron Palushaj - Michael Bournival - Patrick Holland
Michael Blunden - Darryl Boyce - Louis Leblanc
Kyle Hagel - Gabriel Dumont - Zack Stortini

Defensemen

Jarred Tinordi - Greg Pateryn
Nathan Beaulieu - Frederic St-Denis
Antoine Corbin - Brendan Nash

Goaltenders

Robert Mayer
Peter Delmas

Scratches: Avtsin, Berger, Nattinen, Ellis

Some interesting pregame reads courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator here and here.

You can watch or listen the Bulldogs take on the Griffins live tonight at 7pm EST. Watch here or listen here.

Marlies coverage from their homepage, and Pension Plan Puppets.

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