INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The Kansas City Mavericks dropped Saturday's contest to Cincinnati by a 4-1 final score at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Here are three observations from the game:
Turn The Page
Sometimes it's just best to put a game (or two) in the rear view mirror. The Mavericks entered this weekend with a chance to erase Cincinnati's games in hand in the standings and essentially put the Cyclones completely in the rear-view mirror. Two games later, the Mavs and Cyclones are as tight in the standings as they've been in a long time - Kansas City 51 points, Cincinnati 50 - after a 9-2 composite weekend for the visitors at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. The Mavericks will now have four days to regroup before heading to Cincinnati to kick off a three-game stretch in Ohio against the Cyclones (one game) and Toledo Walleye (two games).
The Mavericks had a tough time establishing themselves on the offensive end on Saturday, limited to 28 shots on goal compared to Cincinnati's 38 in the game. Kansas City totaled 63 shots on goal in these last two games but found the twine only twice. A combination of bad puck luck, good goaltending and some near-misses doomed the Mavericks in the brief weekend set.
On The Road Again
The good news - the Mavs are heading on the road once again. Kansas City has made themselves comfortable away from Silverstein Eye Centers Arena all year, owning a 14-9-0-0 record in road games. A road trip consisting of three divisional games awaits the Mavericks iin a big opportunity to right the ship and find more secure footing in the playoff picture.
The Mavericks' next home game is Friday, Feb. 16 against the Indy Fuel, a game that will begin another eight-game home stand that ends March 3.
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