The Ontario Reign welcomes the Henderson Silver Knights to Toyota Arena for back-to-back games beginning on Friday.
After Wednesday’s thriller against Tucson, the Ontario Reign is back in action against the Henderson Silver Knights.
Tale of the tape:
HSK: 20.7% (8th)
ONT: 26.8% (1st)
HSK: 81.1% (15th)
ONT: 77.5% (26th)
Goals for per game
HSK: 3.02 (16th)
ONT: 4.09 (1st)
Goals against per game
HSK: 2.98 (10th)
ONT: 3.11 (20th)
HSK: Pavel Dorofeyev – 19 goals, 16 assists, 35 points
ONT: T.J. Tynan – 11 goals, 55 assists, 66 points
Three things to watch for in tonight’s matchup:
1. Slumping Silver Knights
The visitors are currently riding a three-game losing streak, which started at the hands of the Reign in last Wednesday’s 4-1 Ontario win. During this mini slide, Henderson has managed just three goals, including being shut out in their most recent game on Saturday against San Diego.
Friday will be the sixth meeting between the two teams, with Ontario winning five of them. Silver Knights leading scorer Pavel Dorofeyev has scored goals in four of the five games against the Reign, including last week’s matchup.
Goaltender Logan Thompson is back in Henderson after a brief stint with the Vegas Golden Knights and is likely to get the nod tonight.
2. Terrific Tynan
There isn’t much else to be said about the reigning AHL MVP T.J. Tynan and how well he’s played this season. His 55 assists lead the AHL and he’s currently tied with for the most points in the league. That said, he’s been a little extra hot of late, picking up eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last three games and 14 points in his last eight games.
Relatively speaking, Henderson has done a nice job against Tynan. The 30-year-old center has three goals and four assists in five games against the Silver Knights and they are one of the few teams to keep him completely off the score sheet for an entire game.
3. Don’t forget about Frk
It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle with the number of players having big seasons in the LA Kings organization. Martin Frk may not be among the top Kings prospects, but he’s among the top producers for the Ontario Reign. His overtime winner on Wednesday capped off an exciting comeback:
Frk wins it in overtime! #Reign
Assisted by: Tynan(54) pic.twitter.com/04Jj9KNXLr
— Eric (@kingsgifs2) March 3, 2022
The Czech native is riding a four-game goal streak and has eight in his last ten games. He finished the month of February with eight goals and 12 points in 10 games and March is off to a similar start. Only Stefan Noesen and Sheldon Dries (29 goals each) have scored more than Frk’s 28 on the season.
While Frk’s NHL opportunity with the Kings may be running out, he continues to quietly go about his business as one of the AHL’s best goal scorers for the Reign.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 pm PT and can be seen on AHLTV.