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Farm Report: The Home Stretch

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With 10 of their 18 remaining games being played at home, Manitoba must make most of home ice.

Manitoba Moose goaltender Mikhail Berdin jumps against the boards for some reason at Bell MTS Place on Monday, February 18, 2019.
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Manitoba Moose 2018-19
27-26-3-2 59 points (.509), 7th in Central Division, 12th Western Conference
Goals for per game: 2.51 (30th)
Goals against per game: 3.03 (18th)
Powerplay: 33-of-223, 14.8% (30th)
Penalty kill: 192-of-239, 80.3% (19th)

Top 3 Goals:
23 - Logan Shaw
12 - Jansen Harkins
12 - Seth Griffith

Top 3 Assists:
31 - Seth Griffith
26 - Michael Spacek
17 - Shaw

Top 3 Points:
43 - Griffith
40 - Shaw
34 - Spacek

It ain’t over yet.

Yes, it has been a season of struggles for the Manitoba Moose, but the reality is the only thing separating them from a playoff spot is a four point gap between them and the Texas Stars, who currently sit in fourth place in the Central Division with 18 games to go. The team has 10 of their remaining 18 games at home, where they sport a record of 18-9-0-1.

A massive set of games lies ahead, with a six game homestand featuring a pair of games each against the Rockford IceHogs, who also sit four points ahead of them, the Stars and the San Diego Gulls. Not easy games by any stretch, but also not the best the AHL can offer.

Since our last Farm Report, the team went 5-5-0-0, going 3-1-0-0 at home and 2-4-0-0 on the road. The NHL trade deadline also came and went, which saw the team regain the services of Mason Appleton and Tucker Poolman, but lose those of Eric Comrie. While Manitoba could desperately use their best player (Comrie), the Jets could elect to keep him up and travelling with the team as insurance. The Jets did sign Ken Appleby to an NHL contract and assigned him to the Moose, which leads me to believe Comrie might not be back this year.

Mikhail Berdin has filled in well in his chances in net, posting a .930 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average along with a 6-5-1-0 record in 12 appearances. Berdin turned 21 on Friday, and seems to be making the most of his first pro campaign.

Moose Lines on March 2, 2019

FORWARDS

Jansen Harkins / Logan Shaw / Mason Appleton

Marko Dano / Michael Spacek / Seth Griffith

Skyler McKenzie / Felix Girard / J.C. Lipon

Emile Poirier / Cam Maclise / Kristian Reichel

DEFENCE

Logan Stanley/ Tucker Poolman

Cameron Schilling/ Peter Stoykewych

Jimmy Oligny/ Nelson Nogier

GOALIES

Mikhail Berdin

Ken Appleby

Last Five Game Scores (Outscored 14-7)

Friday, February 22
0 Manitoba Moose @
3 Laval Rocket

Moose Goals: None
Goalie: Comrie 20/23

Saturday, February 23
1 Manitoba Moose @
3 Laval Rocket

Moose Goal: Girard (2)
Goalie: Berdin 19/22

Wednesday, February 27
3 Manitoba Moose @
2 Toronto Marlies

Moose Goals: Griffith 2 (10), Dano (9)
Goalie: Comrie 24/26

Friday, March 1
3 Manitoba Moose @
2 Belleville Senators OT

Moose Goals: Harkins (12), Griffith 2 (12)
Goalie: Berdin 34/36

Saturday, March 2
0 Manitoba Moose @
4 Belleville Senators

Moose Goals: None...again
Goalie: Berdin 31/34