DULUTH, Ga. — The Florida Everblades (6-5-2-0, 14 pts.) conclude a stretch of four games in five days with the series finale of a two-game set with the Atlanta Gladiators (4-7-2-0, 10 pts.) on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. at Infinite Energy Arena.
Last Time Out
Joe Cox (1g, 2a) and Kyle Platzer (2a) registered multi-point games and six different players found the back of the net for Florida in a 6-3 win over Atlanta on Saturday night. Nathan Perkovich, Derek Sheppard, Jordon Southorn, John McCarron and David Friedmann potted the other goals for Florida, which had 11 of its 16 skaters record at least one point, a season high.
Players to Watch
Kyle Platzer (FLA) – The Waterloo, Ontario, native tabbed his first multi-point game of the season in Saturday's win with his two-assist game, the seventh multi-point game of his ECHL career. Platzer posted 22 points in 20 games in his first ECHL action last season with the Wichita Thunder and has eight points (3g, 5a) in 13 games with Florida this year.
Justin MacDonald (ATL) - The Newmarket, Ontario, native has multi-point games in two straight contests, his first two multi-point games of the season. After notching two assists on Friday in a 5-3 loss to Norfolk, MacDonald paced the Atlanta offense with a goal and an assist on Saturday night. He is tied for fifth on the team with eight points (4g, 4a).
- Sunday is the second of 11 meetings between Florida and Atlanta this season, with five of those taking place at Infinite Energy Arena. The Everblades hold a 92-51-15 record in 158 previous matchups with the Gladiators and finished with a 10-0-0 regular season mark against Atlanta last season, including a 7-0-0 record at Infinite Energy Arena.
- Florida has won 14 straight regular season games in the all-time series with Atlanta dating back to the 2016-17 season. The Everblades' last loss to the Gladiators was a 3-2 shootout decision on Feb. 11, 2017. With Saturday's win, Florida is now unbeaten in its last 20 regular season games with Atlanta (19-0-1) and hasn't lost in regulation since a 3-2 defeat on Dec. 17, 2016.
- In the recent series history in Atlanta, Florida has dominated the Gladiators, winning the last 22 games in Infinite Energy Arena, including two playoff games last season. The Everblades have not lost in Atlanta since a 4-2 setback on Oct. 23, 2015.
- Florida peppered Atlanta goaltender Miroslav Svoboda with 42 shots on Saturday. That is the Everblades' highest shot total in one game this season, surpassing their previous high of 41 shots on goal on Oct. 13 in a 3-2 win over Newfoundland.
- Svoboda has been no stranger to seeing a lot of shots this season. In his first season with Atlanta, the Czech Republic native has faced 30 or more shots in seven of his eight appearances. He has seen 40 or more shots on three occasions, including a season-high 51 shots on Friday in a 5-3 loss to the Admirals.
- Everblades goaltender Jeremy Helvig was regularly tested in the second period on Friday night as he made 15 saves on 16 shots in the middle frame of a 1-0 loss to South Carolina. That save total is a single-period high for an Everblades goaltender this season.
- In addition to allowing the second-fewest goals per game in the ECHL (2.38), the Everblades have yielded an ECHL-best 26.7 shots on goal per game. Florida has given up 30 shots or more in just three games this season. The 'Blades allowed just three shots on goal in the third period on Friday night against South Carolina, a team-low for one period this season.
- The Everblades went without a power-play opportunity on Saturday night, the first time this season Florida has gone without a man advantage in a game. Atlanta carried the league's best penalty kill into the game, converting at 91.8 percent (44-for-49), but was not tested.
- The Everblades scored twice in the first period on Saturday night and remained undefeated at 4-0-0-0 when leading after one period this season. Including Saturday night, Florida has led by two goals after the first period three times, with the other two such games coming in a 6-1 win over Norfolk on Oct. 20 and a 6-2 win over Jacksonville on Nov. 10. A two-goal lead is the largest Florida has had through 20 minutes this season.
- The Everblades also stayed unbeaten in regulation when scoring first, improving to 3-0-2-0.
- After scoring the 'Blades fastest goal to start a period this season last Saturday, Cox notched Florida's fastest goal to begin a game with his goal 2:45 into the first last night. Sheppard then established a new 'Blades season-best for fastest goal in a period with his goal only 18 seconds into the second period of the 6-3 triumph. Cox's goal last Saturday came 28 seconds into the second period of a 6-2 win over Jacksonville.
- McCarron and Perkovich matched the 'Blades individual single-game high with six shots on goal apiece on Saturday night against the Gladiators.
Following the conclusion of Sunday's game, the Everblades will trek to Norfolk, Virginia, to continue their season-long 13-day, seven-game road trip. Florida has Monday and Tuesday off before playing three times in four days to finish the week.
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