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Mickey Lang leads the Komets with three goals in three games this season.

Dropping like flies

The Komets are only three games into the season -- and 0-2-1 -- but they're facing a bigger obstacle than their record right now.

That would be injuries.

The Komets were already without Bobby Hughes, who blocked a shot in Saturday's 5-4 loss to Cincinnati in an overtime shootout. Now Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock has a knee injury and Mickey Lang is out, too, with an undisclosed injury.

I saw at least one other player get injured in practice today.

I don't think any of these are serious, but we'll see if everyone makes the trip to Las Vegas for games Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This trip is logistically difficult for the Komets, since they are flying and then have a game in Evansville on Nov. 6. They actually left a bunch of stuff there because it would be easier.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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