PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/21/17

 

Penguins try to get back on track against Utica, Lehigh Valley

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (37-14-3-0) continues seven-game road stretch

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 17 – PENGUINS 0 at Albany 4
Mackenzie Blackwood of the Devils made 24 saves for his first career shutout. The Penguins were unbeaten on the penalty kill all night, improving to 16-for-16 over their past three contests. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s line of Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger and Jean-Sébastien Dea accounted for 11 of the team’s 24 shots on goal.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS 1 at Springfield 2
The Penguins heaped the pressure on the Thunderbirds, but netminder Reto Berra never broke down, backstopping Springfield to an upset victory. David Warsofsky registered his team-leading seventh power play goal of the season.

 

Sunday, Feb. 19 – PENGUINS 2 at Providence 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play remained potent, striking twice against Providence’s second-ranked penalty kill. However, the Penguins surrendered a late, game-winning goal to the P-Bruins with 4:04 remaining in regulation. Tom Kostopoulos assisted on both of the Penguins’ goals.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS at Utica
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starts the weekend by heading to upstate New York once again. The Penguins got the better of the Comets, 3-2, in their only meeting of the season back on Jan. 27.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The rivalry between the Penguins and Phantoms rekindles with the season series knotted at 2-2-0-0. However, in those four games, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored Lehigh Valley, 16-11. Penguins forward Jean-Sébastien Dea has 17 points (10G-7A) in 24 games against the Phantoms, the most production against any opponent in his career.

 

Ice Chips

– Sunday afternoon’s loss was the first time all season that the Penguins dropped the third game of a three-in-three (5-1-0-0).

– Tom Kostopoulos played in his 1300th pro game on Saturday at Springfield.

– Kostopoulos has produced at a point-a-game pace over his past 18 games, earning seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points.

– Kostopoulos is the only member of the Penguins to skate in all 54 of the team’s games this season.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (86.8%).

– David Warsofsky leads the entire AHL with a plus-28 rating.

– Tristan Jarry has the second-most wins in the AHL (22).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 54 37 14 3 0 77 .713
2. Lehigh Valley 52 34 16 2 0 70 .673
3. Bridgeport 51 33 16 1 1 68 .667
4. Providence 53 30 14 5 4 69 .651
5. Hershey 53 26 16 8 3 63 .594
6. Springfield 52 20 23 7 2 49 .471
7. Hartford 52 19 28 3 2 43 .413

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Jake Guentzel*^ 33 21 21 42
Tom Kostopoulos 54 18 24 42
David Warsofsky 39 12 26 38
Oskar Sundqvist 48 16 20 36
Kevin Porter 50 8 25 33

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Tristan Jarry 33 22-10-1 2.27 .921 1
Casey DeSmith* 20 14-4-2 2.32 .912 0

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT       LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Feb. 24       Utica                     Utica Memorial Aud          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 25      Lehigh Valley      PPL Center                         7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sat, Feb. 18     (RW)  Josh Archibald                  Reassigned by PIT

Sat, Feb. 18     (D)      Brett Stern                               Signed to PTO

Fri, Feb. 17      (LW)  Christian Hilbrich           Recalled from WHL

Sat, Feb. 11      (C)      Jarrett Burton                 Recalled from WHL