For the fifth straight year, the Rochester Americans are making Buffalo their home. The Amerks host the Utica Comets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in KeyBank Center.
Here are Five Things to Know about the American Hockey League matchup.
1. The Amerks like Buffalo
Rochester is 4-1 when playing “home” games down the Thruway. The Amerks could use a boost.
Their 3-2 victory over Binghamton on Sunday snapped a four-game losing streak. They are 21-29-2 and in last place in their division.
As Amerks ready for game in Buffalo, they still have much to learn. Youth and a rash of call-ups haven't helped. https://t.co/5zQ42qWMwl
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) February 21, 2017
2. Familiar faces
Sabres fans will recognize a good portion of the Amerks’ lineup. Justin Bailey, Nick Baptiste, Tim Kennedy, Evan Rodrigues, Cal O’Reilly, Erik Burgdoerfer, Taylor Fedun, Cole Schneider, Tyson Strachan, Hudson Fasching, Linus Ullmark, Dan Catenacci and Casey Nelson have played for Buffalo.
Schneider leads the Amerks with 44 points, including 18 goals. Bailey and Baptiste, with 19 goals each, are the only other players in double figures.
With his next goal, Bailey will become the first Rochester player to score 20 in back-to-back seasons since Mark Mancari reached in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
3. New faces
The Amerks boast the Sabres’ most recent first-round draft pick, Alex Nylander. Other prospects include Eric Cornel, Vaclav Karabacek and Jean Dupuy.
4. Even matchup
The Amerks have played Utica four times, with each team winning twice. The Comets, who are the minor-league affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, are 21-23-8.
The most familiar name for the Comets is Subban – Jordan Subban. The brother of Nashville’s P.K. Subban leads the Utica defense with 12 goals and 27 points in 44 games.
5. How to watch
Tickets for the game range from $10 to $20. They are available at the arena box office and Tickets.com. The game will also be televised on MSG.