The Comets have begun their inaugural season in the AHL by dropping back-to-back road games, and start out with and 0-2-0 record.
That's certainly not the start that Utica fans were hoping for when the team was announced to be coming in May, however, there is still plenty of season left for the Boys in Blue and Green to right the ship.
The Comets have already started to tweak the lineup with the hopes of sparking the offense into providing more production across the board. The team announced this week that Defenseman Jeremie Blaine and Forward David Pacan have been sent down to Kalamazoo of the ECHL in order to hone their skills a bit more before rejoining the club.
Today, the team announced that 23-year old Forward Zac Dalpe, who has played in 6 games for the Canucks in the NHL this year, was sent down and will join the club. Dalpe brings experience to a team looking for a spark, as he has played in 47 NHL games, recording 10 points in that span.
Utica has certainly been getting opportunities in the early going, outshooting the Devils in their 3-2 loss last Saturday, but it seems as though they have struggled in the first two games to get the quality scoring chances that result putting the puck in the back of the net. Dalpe can hopefully provide that bit of extra offense they need to begin to light the lamp more frequently.
And so here we are, Comets gameday once again, as the team looks to earn their first regular season win in franchise history just 3 games into their existence. However, in order to do so, they will have to go up against an already familiar foe, as they travel back to Rochester to face the Americans.
Last time out, the Comets dropped their season opener 4-1 to the Amerks in a game that got nasty late. Darren Archibald was right in the middle of the extracirriculars at the end of the game, and you can be sure to expect him continue his hard nosed, grind-it-out type of play in his return to the Blue Cross Arena tonight...and beyond.
Frankly, the team is going to need it. This is a team with a lot of young talent, but playing with a relatively new roster, in a new city, and with a new system, they have to establish a hard pressing forecheck and set the pace early on the road.
The Amerks are coming off of a win against the Toronto Marlies, but sit at just 2-2-0 on the season. A win tonight would be a crucial early season division win for the Comets, and would surely boost their confidence moving forward.
After tonight's game is the one we have all been waiting for all summer, the Utica Comets' home opener at the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, October 23rd. The excitement building around that game is sure to be just as much on the mind of the players as it is the fans who have been waiting to watch them at home.
However, despite the upcoming homestand, the team should have only one thing that they are focused on tonight...getting that W. After just over one week, the Comets are heading into Rochester once again, trying to enact revenge upon the Americans for spoiling their franchise opener.
Comets will be soaring over America(ns), with puck drop set for 7 p.m.