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K's pregame primer

The Komets (22-14-11) have gotten at least a point in eight straight games, going 5-0-3.

The Kalamazoo Wings (27-17-4) have won 5 of their last 6 games.

The teams meet tonight at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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Fort Wayne is 3-2-3 against the Wings this season.

Brandon Marino has two goals and eight points in eight games against the Wings. Mike Embach has two goals and six points in seven games.

For Kalamazoo, David Pacan has two goals and eight points in eight games against the Komets.

Kalamazoo leads the division and is second in the conference with 58 points. Fort Wayne is fifth in the conference with 55 points. The top eight in the conference will make the playoffs and, after tonight, the Komets will have 24 games left.

Fort Wayne's Dean Ouellet has a point in 11 of his last 12 games with the Komets and San Francisco, totaling 14 points in that stretch.

By the way, after one game with Brampton, Ahmed Mahfouz didn't show up for practice and appears to have quit. He had one goal on one shot in his AA-level debut.

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