Vinnie Hinostroza practiced with the Rochester Americans yesterday and will make his Amerks debut tonight against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The 28-year-old forward cleared waivers last week and was assigned to Rochester.
Coach Seth Appert said Hinostroza will center a line with Jiri Kulich and Lucas Rousek and likes the potential for the trio to develop some chemistry right away.
“This gives us an opportunity to get Kulich back on the wing, which I think is a good thing for him. Vinnie is a play-driver,” Appert said. “He plays with such passion and energy and competitiveness, is a great forechecker. He brings a lot of pucks. I think he can really help that line that way.”
In his career’s 109 AHL games, Hinostroza has collected 82 points (30+52). He last played in the AHL in the 2017-18 season with the Rockford IceHogs.
The Amerks open a three-game homestand tonight and will look to end a four-game losing streak when they take on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Blue Cross Arena.
It’s 19:05 faceoff and tickets are on sale now. The game will also be broadcast live on AHLTV and The Sports Leader 95.7 FM/950 AM in Rochester.
Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Rochester has gone 7-0-0, the team’s longest active winning streak against any opponent.
The Amerks have scored 10 power-play goals in their last seven games against the Penguins dating back to the start of the 2017-18 season, going 10-for-32 (31.2 percent) on the man advantage over that span . While they were shorthanded against the Penguins, Rochester has killed 20 of their last 21 power-play opportunities.
Rochester has outscored Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 35-13 in head-to-head games since the start of the 2017-18 season.
|1. Brandon Biro||30||9||20||29|
|2. Linus Weissbach||36||13||13||26|
|3. Lukas Rousek||36||10||15||25|
|4. Brett Murray||35||13||11||24|
|5. Michael Mersch||25||7||15||22|