PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/29/16

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Penguins reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference to close first quarter

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (13-4-2-0) gets back on top with first shutout of the season

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS 0 at Hershey 4
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton couldn’t conjure the same comeback magic it found in its previous two trips to Giant Center and suffered its fourth regulation loss of the season. The Bears racked up the fewest shots on goal against the Penguins any opponent this season (18). Danny Kristo made his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton debut.

Friday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS 2 at Bridgeport 3 (OT)
The Penguins bounced back from their Wednesday loss to earn a point at Webster Bank Arena. Jarrett Burton scored his first goal of the season, and Josh Archibald tied the game to send the contest to overtime with a tally at 16:36 of the third period.

Saturday, Nov. 26 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Bridgeport 0
Tristan Jarry stopped all 24 shots he faced for the Penguins’ first shutout on the season. After two periods of scoreless hockey, Jean-Sébastien Dea earned a power play goal at 4:30 of the third period. Dea’s sixth of the season stood as the game-winner.

 

The Week Ahead

Saturday, Dec. 3 – PENGUINS at St. John’s
The Penguins pack their bags and travel up to Newfoundland to take on the St. John’s IceCaps, who are 3-1-0-0 in their last four home games. Last year, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept the four-game season series and have won nine-straight regular season contests with St. John’s.

Sunday, Dec. 4 – PENGUINS at St. John’s
The Pens and IceCaps square off for the second-straight afternoon. Sunday will also be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s last regular season game at St. John’s, as the IceCaps are slated to relocate to Laval, Québec in 2017-18.

 

Ice Chips

– This is the third-consecutive season that Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton has reached the quarter mark of the season (19 games played) leading its division, and second-straight season that its finished the first quarter atop the Eastern Conference.

– The Penguins have allowed the fewest goals per game (1.95) of any team this year.

– Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .938 save percentage and 1.65 goals against average both rank second among all AHL goaltenders.

–  Tristan Jarry’s shutout on Saturday was the sixth of his career, moving him into sole possession of seventh place among  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time shutout leaders.

– Chad Ruhwedel is one point away from 100 in his AHL career.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                         GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS            19        13         4           2          0         28          .737

2. Lehigh Valley        18        12          5           1          0         25          .694

3. Hershey                 19        11          4            3          1          26         .684

4. Bridgeport             18        12          6           0         0         24         .667

5. Providence            19         7           6           3          3        20          .526

6. Springfield            18         7           7           2          2         18         .500

7. Hartford                 19         6         10          3          0         15         .395

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                     GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^           16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist          17         6          9         15

Carter Rowney             18         5          8        13

Tom Kostopoulos        19         6          6         12

Garrett Wilson             19         3          7         10

 

GOALIES                  GP      W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      6          5-0-1         1.65        0.938           0

Tristan Jarry              13          8-4-1         1.99        0.926            1

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Sat, Dec. 3        St. John’s            Mile One Centre              2:30 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 4       St. John’s            Mile One Centre              2:30 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Nov. 28   (D)   Derrick Pouliot      Recalled from condition. loan by PIT

Tue, Nov. 22     (D)   Derrick Pouliot                        Conditioning loan from PIT