Fort Wayne (13-10-2) comes into the contest on the heels of an overtime victory over old foe, Kalamazoo, Sunday night. The Komets will still be without captain Colin Chaulk and winger Matt Kennedy, both of whom are suffering lower-body injuries. Center Eric Giosa will be available for the first time in 21 games after also suffering a lower-body injury.
Cincinnati (14-8-2) come into the tonight’s game in Fort Wayne on a three game losing streak. This is the Cyclones’ first trip to Fort Wayne since they were both members of the International Hockey League.
The last game between these two rivals was April 14, 1999 in which the Cyclones won 5-3 at home. The last game in Fort Wayne also went to Cincinnati by a 3-2 OT score.
This is the first of a nine game series between the two. The Cyclones hold the overall series lead at 32-24-8.
The Cyclones have a split affiliation with the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators.
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST (4:30 PM PST). Audio is available through the Komets website.