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This weekend's Gamblers preview

6:04 PM, Apr. 11, 2013  |  Comments
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Today, Saturday: Green Bay Gamblers (35-23-4) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (31-21-10), 7:05 p.m., Resch Center, Ashwaubenon.

What: Final games of the regular season.

Season series: Gamblers lead 4-2-1. Five of the games have been decided by one goal and two went into overtime.

Stakes: The Gamblers (74 points) can clinch the No. 2 in the USHL's Eastern Conference playoffs with a pair of victories over Muskegon (72) or with a win and Youngstown (74) loss.

Gamblers update: Coming off a road split with Muskegon. ... Acquired Zach Nagelvoort as an emergency goalie after Richard Ullberg broke the tip of a finger on his glove hand before last weekend's series at Muskegon. Nagelvoort, 19, played with the NAHL's Aberdeen Wings, going 8-1-1 with a .957 save percentage and 1.42 goals-against average. ... Goalie Tony Kujava (9-6-1) likely will get both starts again this weekend. The Green Bay native has a .922 save percentage and 2.56 gaa. ... After missing 22 games with a torn mensicus in his left knee, second-year defenseman Brandon Kirk is expected to be active for the first time since Feb. 2. ... Forward Matthew Weis will be serving a league suspension this weekend. ... Forward Nicholas Schilkey had his points streak end at 12 games on Saturday. The Ohio State recruit is 10th in the USHL with 67 points (30 goals, 37 assists). ... Despite tallying only two points in the last six games, forward Kyle Novak is fifth in the league with 73 points (27 goals, 43 assists). The Western Michigan recruit hasn't netted a goal in 10 games, which is his longest stretch without one this season. ... Forward Alex Kile is tied for 14th in the USHL with 60 points (30 goals, 30 assists). ... Green Bay remains second in the league with a power-play percentage of 23.94 (51-for-213).

Lumberjacks update: In order to get the No. 2 seed, Muskegon needs to win both games against Green Bay and have Youngstown lose twice against Chicago or lose once and go to overtime. ... The Lumberjacks have scored the fifth-fewest goals in the league and have allowed the second-fewest goals. ... At 85.53 percent, Muskegon has the USHL's third-best penalty kill, allowing 33 goals on 228 attempts. ... Goalie Kevin Lindskoug (23-17-6) leads the USHL with a save percentage of .924 and his gaa of 2.48 is second.

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