Home style hockey for Monarchs
There’s a lot of hockey to be played between now and then, but tonight’s 7 p.m. game between the Manchester Monarchs and Springfield Falcons at Verizon Wireless Arena is a key meeting between two of the top teams in the conference.
“Springfield is a great team. Their depth and experience are big reasons why they have such a strong record and they’ll pose a great challenge for us,” said Monarchs head coach Mark Morris. “Hopefully, being on home ice is a help to us.”
NHL veteran Colin Fraser, who has played in 33 games for the parent Los Angeles Kings this season, and has two assists, will be in the lineup for the Monarchs this weekend.
With Jonathan Quick backstopping Team USA in the Olympics, it’s a safe bet that the Kings will want Jones sharp and game-ready to let Quick rest for a game or two on his return from Sochi.
“Those guys (headed to L.A.) are getting a great opportunity and we’re excited for them,” Morris said. “But at the same time, it’s tough to replace them and they’ve been a big part of our offense for the past few games.”
“When you lose a layer of depth, the question is, can the other players pick up the slack?” Morris said. “They’re fully capable of being solid contributors. These guys will be fresh.”