Cody Reichard starts again in net. Andrey Makarov has a tweaked lower body injury, but could play in an emergency. Nik Pokulok is back in the lineup tonight and William Lacasse sits. Tristan King has been activated and Phil Mangan has been put on reserve.
Wonder how many guys are playing for their jobs tonight? Team is VERY quiet during warm-ups. Not much life at all. Nobody talking to anybody else.
Komets are very flat tonight in Kalamazoo, and the Wings are taking it to them. The first Kalamazoo goal was a perfect tic-tac-toe pass with a great shot by Aaron Clarke, top-shelf, short side. The second was another seeing-eye long-range along the ice softy that Cody Reichard wishes he had another chance at.
I can tell you the guys in the dressing room were thrilled with his performance. They were also glad to have Denis-Pepin back tonight.
First, Scott Fleming's shot just missed giving the Komets the lead with less than three minutes left.
Then Andrey Makarov never saw the game-winning goal with 1:52 left.
On Jace Coyle's power-play goal.
Komets are doing a better job lineup up at their own blue line and forechecking against the Everblades who are probably the ECHL's top road team with a 9-2-0 record. They have the league's top scorer in Matthew Pistilli and the top goaltender in Kristers Gudlevskis.
JR, last week you asked about what the Komets' obligations were to their NHL-affiliated players if they wanted to move them. According to David Franke, they could not just trade them or put them on waivers without first talking with the parent team. The parent team would probably need to recall them first in either situation and then could assign them to a new team in the case of a trade. Either way, the player would get paid under his NHL contract.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I hope you get to spend the day with your family before coming to the coliseum and spending the evening with your other family.
I'm always and especially thankful this year for wonderful, amazing, loyal friends. Thank you for all the support and friendship. God Bless.