GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Florida Everblades (14-5-4-0, 32 pts.) start a stretch of three games in three days with a matchup against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (10-14-3-0, 23 pts.) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Thursday is the first of five straight road tilts for Florida.
Last Time OutJustin Auger posted his first multi-goal game of the season, and Mike Neville, John McCarron and Nathan Perkovich added goals as the 'Blades earned their fourth straight win, tying their season-high, with a 5-4 triumph over Greenville on their Teddy Bear Toss Night last Saturday. Greenville took a lead with less than six minutes left in the first period, but Neville responded just 44 seconds later to tie the game. Florida never trailed after that point. Players to WatchNathan Perkovich (FLA) – Perkovich had four goals in three games last weekend and has tallied a goal in four straight games, a streak that is tied for the 'Blades longest goal streak of the season. Two of his four goals last weekend were game-winning strikes. He is tied with John McCarron for the team lead in game-winning goals with three.
Brendan Harms (GRN) - The forward posted three assists, the most by an opposing player in a game against the 'Blades this season, on Saturday night in Greenville's 5-4 loss to Florida. The second-year pro has two multi-point games this season, and that three-point night on Saturday tied his career high.
Series historyThursday is the third of 10 meetings between the two teams this season and the 92nd all-time matchup. Florida holds a 45-31-15 record against Greenville and posted a 5-0-0-2 record against the Swamp Rabbits last season. After dropping the first two meetings last year in shootout fashion, the 'Blades then won the final five meetings. In the only matchup in Greenville last season, the first matchup of the year between the two sides, Florida fell in a 5-4 shootout decision.
- Florida's 11-game point streak is the longest active streak in the league and is tied for the longest total in the ECHL this year. The Toledo Walleye's stretch of 11 consecutive games with a point from Oct. 20-Nov. 17 is the only equivalent streak.
- The current point streak is nearing the longest such streak in two seasons. Last season, Florida had points in 12 straight games, which was the second-longest point streak of the year in the ECHL. The 'Blades longest winning streak was 10 games to end the season.
- Florida scored first in both games against Greenville last weekend and is one of just two teams in the 27-team ECHL that has not lost in regulation when scoring first this year, with an 8-0-3-0 record in such games. Tulsa (9-0-2-1) is the only other team without a regulation loss in games it has scored first.
- After going 7-for-7 on the penalty kill on Friday against Greenville, Florida killed off just three of the Swamp Rabbits' five power plays in the finale of the two-game set on Saturday night, the third time this year it has yielded multiple power-play goals in the same game. The 'Blades started the contest with an ECHL-best 95.0 percent penalty kill on home ice.
- Entering Thursday, Florida is third in the league in goals scored per game (3.65) and second in the league in goals allowed per game (2.52).
- The series with Greenville features a stark contrast when it comes to success in the second period. Florida leads the league with a +14 goal differential (30gf-16ga) in the second period this year, while Greenville is last in the league in that category and has been outscored by 21 goals (23gf-44ga) in the middle frame. That was a relative non-factor last weekend. Florida only outscored Greenville 3-2 in the middle stanza between the two games.
- Greenville has fared better at home this season than on the road, posting a 5-5-2 mark at home and a 4-9-1 record on the road. A big part of the Swamp Rabbits' better record on home ice has been better defensive play. Greenville has yielded only 3.08 goals per game at Bon Secours Wellness Arena compared to 4.20 goals per game on the road.
- The Swamp Rabbits have struggled on the penalty kill and allowed a power-play goal in both games against Florida last weekend. Greenville is tied for the lowest penalty kill conversion rate in the ECHL at 74.4 percent (87-for-117).
- Although Greenville is ranked 10th in the league on the power play at 18.2 percent (20-for-110), it has also allowed seven shorthanded goals, the second-most shorthanded goals permitted by one team in the ECHL.
- In putting up 48 shots on goal last Wednesday in a 3-2 win over the Jacksonville Icemen, Florida set a new team season-high for a game this year. That shots on goal total was the 'Blades highest since they put up 53 shots on goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Swamp Rabbits on Feb. 2, 2018.
- In addition to blitzing Jacksonville with shots on Dec. 5, Florida was also strong in suppressing the Icemen offensive attack. The 'Blades permitted a season-low 18 shots on goal to eclipse their previous season-low of 22 shots on goal against.
Next Up Florida wraps a stretch of four straight games with the Swamp Rabbits on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the second game of its three-game weekend.
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