PENGUINS WEEKLY – 12/12/17

Penguins try to keep the ball rolling after statement win

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (14-7-1-1) comes off of 4-1 victory at Hershey to face Springfield for first time

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Dec. 6 – PENGUINS 0 at Lehigh Valley 5
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was shut-out for the first time this season. Wednesday marked the first time this season that the Penguins outshot their opponent and didn’t come away with the win (39-35).

Friday, Dec. 8 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Charlotte 2
Sean Maguire made his first start of the season for the Penguins and performed admirably, making 28 saves in defeat. Daniel Sprong scored early in the third period, notching his team-leading 11th goal and sixth power play goal.

Sunday, Dec. 10 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 1
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton erupted for a three-goal first period to defeat its I-81 rival. Sprong scored again, tightening his grip on the team lead in goals (12) and power play goals (7). Zach Trotman scored a man advantage marker for the Pens, too, his first AHL goal since Feb. 14, 2015.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Dec. 13 – PENGUINS vs. Springfield
The Thunderbirds face the Penguins for the first time this season. Springfield ranks last in the AHL (10-17-1-0), but beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in four of six meetings last year.

Friday, Dec. 15 – PENGUINS at Hartford
The Penguins are 1-0-0-0 against the Wolf Pack this season, a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout triumph on Oct. 21. Hartford scored two power play goals in that game, and its power play remains the best in the Eastern Conference today (20.5%).

Saturday, Dec. 16 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton takes on Bridgeport for the second time this season. The Penguins put forth a commanding 5-2 victory in their last visit to Webster Bank Arena on Oct. 28.

 

Ice Chips

– Daniel Sprong is tied for the most goals among rookies (12) and also tied for most power play goals by a rookie (7). His seven power play goals also ranks second overall in the league.

– Sprong leads all AHL rookies with 70 shots on goal.

– Including the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, nine of Sprong’s 17 career AHL goals have come on the power play.

– The Penguins have won the past six games in which Thomas Di Pauli scored a goal.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has yet to lose to Hershey in regulation this season, going 3-0-1-1 against its I-81 rival.

– Andrey Pedan played in his 200th AHL game on Friday.

– Lukas Bengtsson is three points shy of his 100th point as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Providence 24 16 6 2 0 34 .708
2. Charlotte 25 16 8 0 1 33 .660
3. PENGUINS 23 14 7 1 1 30 .652
4. Lehigh Valley 26 15 8 1 2 33 .635
5. Bridgeport 24 12 10 1 1 26 .542
6. Hershey 27 12 12 0 3 27 .500
7. Hartford 27 10 12 3 2 25 .463
8. Springfield 28 10 17 1 0 21 .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 22 12 7 19
Dominik Simon^ 20 3 13 16
Jean-Sébastien Dea 23 6 8 14
Kevin Czuczman^ 22 1 13 14
Ryan Haggerty 13 9 4 13

 

GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 12 9-2-1 2.29 .924 1
Tristan Jarry^ 5 3-2-0 3.18 .897 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                             TIME    

Wed, Dec. 13    Springfield       Mohegan Sun Arena              7:05 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 15        Hartford            XL Center                                  7:15 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 16     Bridgeport        Webster Bank Arena             7:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Dec. 8          (C) Jarrett Burton                        Reassigned to WHL

Sat, Dec. 9         (D) Kevin Czuczman                          Recalled by PIT

Sat, Dec. 9         (D) Frank Corrado                         Reassigned by PIT

Sun, Dec. 10      (D) Ethan Prow         Reassigned by PIT from WHL

Tue, Dec. 12        (G) Casey DeSmith                       Reassigned by PIT