In 11 games played in January, the IceCaps took home the win in just three, recording nine out of a possible 22 points. Despite the rough start to 2017, the IceCaps are still very much in the playoff race. They continue to sit in third place in the North Division with 46 points, but the Utica Comets and Toronto Marlies are creeping up on them.
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Nikita Scherbak’s NHL debut
On January 6, it was announced that the Habs’ spunky — yet struggling — forward, Brendan Gallagher, would be out for at least eight weeks due to yet another hand injury.
Later that evening, after losing a 2-1 contest to the Binghamton Senators, Nikita Scherbak was on a plane bound for Toronto, to suit up for his NHL debut.
A Saturday night game verses the Toronto Maple Leafs; it doesn’t get much more exciting for a first NHL game than that.
Scherbak took full advantage of the opportunity. He potted his first NHL goal during a power-play, with just two seconds left in the first period, to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead over the Leafs.
He dressed for two more games with the Habs, although not tallying any more points, before being sent back to the IceCaps on January 13.
Yann Danis’ Milestone
Danis achieved one of his big goals last month: a 200th AHL victory. He became just the 14th goaltender in AHL history to reach that mark.
In what was also his 400th game, Danis kicked aside 24 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack on January 14.
One of the main reasons the 35-year-old veteran continued to play in the league this year was to try and hit this particular milestone. “I knew I was only six wins away,” Danis says, “and for some reason, I really wanted to get to that number.”
All-Star Classic representation
Netminder Charlie Lindgren and defenceman Mark Barberio were chosen to attend the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. As was the case last year, Barberio was unable to attend due to being up with the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL.
It looked as if there would be no replacement for Barberio, until Chris Terry was a last-minute addition to the roster. So last-minute, in fact,that he found out at 10:30 PM the night before. His team-coloured socks didn’t even show up to the event on time.
After being signed to a PTO on November 3, 2016, Marc Bergevin signed 30-year-old defenseman Julien Brouillette to a one-year, one-way AHL contract on January 6. Brouillette was nearing the 25-game PTO limit, so it was either sign him to another PTO or make it official. Since signing hisnew deal, he’s tallied two assists in 10 games played.
The following day, Bergevin signed forward Markus Eisenschmid to a two-year entry-level contract. In 36 games played so far this season, Eisenschmid has accumulated 10 points (6G, 4A).
- Terry continues to lead the team in points. During six games played in January, Terry added another six points to his tally, bringing him up to 32 (12G, 20A). For that reason, he got himself a star in our Top Three Stars of January.
- Last month, the IceCaps were first in the North Division with a power-play percentage of 24.4%. They’ve since slipped to second place, dropping to 20.0%. They’ve also slipped from second-last to dead last in their penalty kill, surviving only about three of every four short-handed opportunities at 76.9%.
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