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When it comes to the 2018-2019 Manitoba Moose, the answer is “now much lower”

Logan Stanley, J.C. Lipon, Tye McGinn and Seth Griffith in front of Manitoba Moose head coach Pascal Vincent during game action on December 31, 2018.
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Manitoba Moose 2018-19
14-18-2-0 30 points, 6th in Central Division
Goals for per game: 2.35 (30th)
Goals against per game: 3.18 (18th)
Powerplay: 17-of-128, 13.3% (30th)
Penalty kill: 123-of-151, 81.5% (13th)

Top 3 Goals:
13 - Logan Shaw
8 - C.J. Suess
8 - Mason Appleton

Top 3 Assists:
18 - Michael Spacek
12 - Seth Griffith
10 - Appleton

Top 3 Points:
22 - Shaw
21 - Spacek
18 - Appleton

It’s probably not a great sign when somebody in the top three of all three offensive statistical categories has only played 19 games out of a possible 34, and hasn’t been on the roster since November 26. But that’s the case when it comes to the Manitoba Moose, and their best player, Mason Appleton.

While Appleton’s offense is missed, it is far from the main cause of the struggles the Moose have endured so far this season. While they play around the middle of the pack defensively, their offence (or lack thereof) is the major culprit.

The Moose are second last in the AHL in both goals for per game and power play efficiency. This also has them sitting in second last in the standings. Thank goodness for the Ontario Reign (the Los Angeles Kings franchise is doing horribly on the ice this year).

The Moose are 3-6-1-0 in their last 10 games, scoring 19 goals and allowing 32 in that stretch.

While the offence has been struggling, there have also been injuries plaguing the back end. Tucker Poolman has not played since November 23rd, as he deals with a concussion. Luke Green and C.J. Suess are among other players out with injury. Sami Niku, Brendan Lemieux and Mason Appleton being up with the Jets has also affected the team’s depth. To aid in this, the Jets recently acquired Jimmy Oligny, and he played a pair of games with his new team this weekend.

Moose Lines on January 5, 2019

FORWARDS

Marko Dano/ Michael Spacek/ J.C. Lipon

Brent Pedersen / Logan Shaw/ Seth Griffith

Jansen Harkins/ Felix Girard/ Alexis D’Aoust

Hunter Fejes/ Kristian Reichel/ Skyler McKenzie

DEFENCE

Logan Stanley/ Nelson Nogier

Cameron Schilling/ Peter Stoykewych

Jimmy Oligny/ Charles-David Beaudoin

GOALIES

Ken Appleby

Eric Comrie

Last Five Game Scores

Sunday, December 30
4 Manitoba Moose vs
0 Colorado Eagles

Moose Goals: McKenzie (7), Harkins (4), Shaw (12), Pedersen (1)
Goalie: Comrie 38/38

Monday, December 31
4 Manitoba Moose vs
1 Colorado Eagles

Moose Goals: Pedersen (2), D’Aoust (4), Dano (1), Lipon (6)
Goalie: Comrie 31/32

Wednesday, January 3
1 Manitoba Moose @
3 San Antonio Rampage

Moose Goal: Harkins (5)
Goalie: Comrie 32/34

Friday, January 4
1 Manitoba Moose @
3 Texas Stars

Moose Goal: Dano (2))
Goalie: Comrie 28/31

Saturday, January 5
3 Manitoba Moose @
2 Texas Stars (SO)

Moose Goals: Shaw (13), Stoykewych (4). Shaw and Harkins scored in shootout.
Goalie: Appleby 26/28, 4/5 in shootout