Rangers: 6-3-1-0, second in western conference
Firebirds: 5-2-1-0, sixth in western conference
Head to head: Flint beat Kitchener 5-3 in the Rangers’ season opener. The Blueshirts had a 3-2 lead in the third period before the ‘Birds won.
Game-time: 4 p.m.
The skinny: The Rangers rallied to salvage two points against Saginaw last night after losing to the Soo on Friday. Flint beat Mississauga 5-3, also Friday, and has won two straight. … Rangers D Logan Stanley has at least one point in seven of the eight games he’s played this season.
Keep an eye on: Flint F Maurizio Colella is tied for the team lead with 10 points and has four goals and an assist in his past three tilts.
Additional reading: A healthy Bunnaman helping Rangers win again.
Joseph Garreffa-Riley Damiani-Adam Mascherin
Connor Bunnaman-Rickard Hugg-Jake Henderson
Adam Liska-Greg Meireles-Cole Carter
Nick McHugh-Eric Guest-Jonathan Yantsis
Logan Stanley-Connor Hall
Doug Blaisdell-Kyle Gentles
Giovanni Vallati-Jack York
Anthony Dumont-Bouchard (5-1) starts.
Nick Caamano-Ryan Moore-Maurizio Colella
Max Kislinger-Ty Dellandrea-Jake Durham
Ethan Keppen-Hunter Holmes-Jack Wismer
Ryan Littlejohn-Kyle Harris-C.J. Clarke
Fedor Gordeev-Hakon Nilsen
Marcus Gretz-Nicolas Mattinen
Luke Cavallin (0-1-0-0) starts.
- Kole Sherwood is out with a high ankle sprain and has yet to play for the Firebirds since being assigned by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- Flint is undefeated on home ice, heading into the game.
- Another very empty building on this road swing. NFL football may be cutting into attendance today.
- The Rangers didn’t score on their first period power play but it was one of the better ones of late. Lots of movement and chances.
- A great block by Kyle Gentles in the first in front of ADB to thwart a ‘Birds scoring opportunity. And while we’re at it, Damiani sacrificed his body to block a slapper in the second while Logan Stanley also joined the block brigade.
- Connor Bunnaman extended his modest point scoring streak to three games (5G, 2A).
- Greg Meireles scored his third of the season but it was his forecheck that was most impressive.
- The entire Rangers squad continued the inspired play from the third in Saginaw for the while game today. Might have been the fullest effort I’ve seen top to bottom this season.
- Two goals in 28 seconds in the third clinched the win. Rangers take four of six points this weekend.
JB’s top three Rangers: Connor Bunnaman, Jake Henderson, Greg Meireles