Nailers Week In Review

Nailers Return To The Road This Week

It is a slow week ahead for the Wheeling Nailers, who are in the midst of playing just one game in the span of ten days. The Nailers are coming off of an 0-2-1 week, that saw them fall 4-3 in overtime to Reading on Wednesday, before 5-2 and 5-3 setbacks to Toledo on Friday and Saturday. Cody Chupp lit the lamp in each of the three games last week, and now has five goals in his last five games. However, he left due to injury late in Saturday night’s contest. Stefan Chaput had two assists on Wednesday and a goal on Saturday, giving him points in six of his last eight games. Chupp and Cody Wild both netted power play goals on Saturday, putting an end to a four-game drought in that category.

This week’s lone battle takes place on Saturday night, when the Nailers visit the Toledo Walleye at Huntington Center. Saturday’s game will be Wheeling’s 13th of the season, but eighth against either Reading or Toledo. The Nailers took the season series opener against the Walleye 3-2 in a shootout on November 1st, but have come up empty in the two most recent tilts, giving Toledo a 2-1 edge in head-to-head meetings.

While the Nailers will have been off since the head-to-head matchup the previous Saturday, Toledo will have played two games in the meantime. The Walleye were edged 2-1 by the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday, thanks to a 44-save performance by Shawn Hunwick. They will take the ice again on Friday, when they visit the Fort Wayne Komets. Toledo enters the week with a mark of 6-6-0-1, which is good for 13 points, placing them fourth in the ultra-competitive North Division, and tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference. Willie Coetzee and Andrej Nestrasil have both reached double digits in points (Coetzee 11, Nestrasil 10), but both trail Luke Glendening in the goal department (6). Jordan Pearce has backstopped both of Toledo’s most recent victories, before Kent Simpson took Sunday’s defeat.

Team Leaders
24-D-Cody Wild (3 goals, 7 assists, 10 points in 12 games)
3-F-Stefan Chaput (3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points in 12 games)
22-F-Paul Crowder (3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points in 12 games)
25-F-Philippe Lefebvre (3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points in 11 games)
9-F-Cody Chupp (5 goals, 1 assist, 6 points in 12 games)
4-D-Paul Cianfrini (5 assists, 5 points in 11 games)
1-G-Patrick Killeen (3-4-3 record, 2.94 GAA, .895 Sv%)

Learning the Opposition (Friday & Saturday)
Toledo Walleye
Established in 2009
NHL Affiliates: Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks
AHL Affiliates: Grand Rapids Griffins, Rockford IceHogs
All-Time Record: 102-107-8-12

Season Series: Walleye 2, Nailers 1
Season Series at Huntington Center: Walleye 1, Nailers 0
All-Time Series: Nailers 16, Walleye 10
All-Time Series at Huntington Center: Walleye 5, Nailers 4

2012-13 Team Statistics
Record: 6-6-0-1, 13 pts (4th North, T-8th East)
38 GF, 36 GA
Power Play: 12.8% (6-for-47), 19th
Penalty Kill: 83.3% (40-for-48), 12th

Team Leaders
15-F-Willie Coetzee (5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points in 13 games)
11-F-Andrej Nestrasil (5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points in 13 games)
24-F-Byron Froese (3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points in 13 games)
23-F-Luke Glendening (6 goals, 2 assists, 8 points in 13 games)
18-F-Randy Rowe (5 goals, 3 assists, 8 points in 13 games)
19-F-Max Campbell (4 goals, 4 assists, 8 points in 12 games)
5-D-Wes O’Neill (4 goals, 4 assists, 8 points in 13 games)
35-G-Kent Simpson (2-4-1 record, 2.55 GAA, .899 Sv%)

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