Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sea Dogs Notebook

The Charlottetown Islanders will carry a nine-game losing streak into their home game tomorrow night against the Saint John Sea Dogs. Game time is 7pm at Eastlink Centre.

The Isles fell 5-4 in a shootout on Wednesday night to the Moncton Wildcats. Their nine straight loses ties them with Saint John for the second longest losing skid in the QMJHL this year. Shawinigan still holds the No. 1 spot with 11 straight loses.

Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs will carry a four-game losing streak into tomorrow night’s contest. Two of Saint John’s seven wins this season have come against Charlottetown – although both of those games were played at Harbour Station.

The Sea Dogs are also scheduled to be in action on Sunday afternoon in Moncton. The Wildcats will be holding their Teddy Bear Toss that game (pictured - click to enlarge)

In the Sea Dogs’ rear-view mirror, the Shawinigan Cataractes are inching closer and closer. The Cataractes are 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 games and now sit just two points back of Saint John for 17th overall.

The Sea Dogs currently sit 17th with a record of 7-22-0-3 for 17 points while the Cataractes sit 18th (last-place) with a 6-24-2-1 record for 15 points. Saint John has played one more game than Shawinigan. The 16th-place Sherbrooke Phoenix have 24 points.

It doesn’t matter a whole lot who finishes 17th or 18th overall for the QMJHL Entry Draft with the two being involved in a coin toss for the first overall pick. But, the positioning does have an impact on the CHL Import Draft order.

Alex Grant appeared in his second career NHL game with the Anaheim Ducks last night and made an impact once again.

Grant was named second star in Anaheim’s 2-1 win over Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild with a goal, one shot, a hit, and a +2 rating in 14:11 of ice time.

Mike Hoffman was sent back down to the American Hockey League this week after three games with the Ottawa Senators. The blog Silver Seven breaks down that move nicely.

Speaking of Coyle, this image of him waving at a young fan is going viral.
The second half home schedule includes a few games against Moncton, a few against Halifax, Baie-Comeau, Blainville-Boisbriand, Rimouski, and Gatineau.

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