PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 23, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their holiday weekend with a Festivus for the rest of us celebration as the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 5:05pm (SPECIAL START TIME).

The Penguins (16-8-2-1, 33 pts, .648%) currently sit in third place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (18-9-2-2, 40 pts, .645%) sit one slot back in fourth place.

Tonight’s game is the sixth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS: Festivus Celebration (Jersey Auction), Player Card Strip #3 courtesy of Grotto Pizza


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13  WBS  Lehigh Valley  5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3  Lehigh Valley  WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22  WBS  Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6  Lehigh Valley  WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23  WBS  Lehigh Valley   5:05pm
Wednesday, December 27  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Wednesday, January 17  Lehigh Valley  WBS   7:05pm
Friday, January 26  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Saturday, February 3  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Sunday, February 18  Lehigh Valley  WBS   5:05pm
Saturday, April 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS   7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins received two-goal performances from Teddy Blueger and Jarrett Burton to defeat the Binghamton Devils in overtime, 4-3,  on Friday  night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Penguins survived a three-goal outburst by Binghamton from the first period, forced extra time, and eventually earned Michael Leighton his first victory in a Penguins uniform.

Lehigh Valley was on the short side of a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday night against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Phil Varone, Oskar Lindblom, and Reece Wilcox all tallied multi-point nights for the Phantoms as Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 35.


PENGUINS NOTES

With two goals last night, Teddy Blueger surpassed his career high of seven goals, achieved last season.  It took Blueger just 27 games to hit the mark this year.  He recorded seven in 54 games last year.

Jarrett Burton recorded the first multi-goal game of his AHL career on Friday night against Binghamton, including the goal that tied the game and forced overtime.

Michael Leighton is the all time shutout leader in the AHL with 50. He got his first win as a Penguin against Binghamton on Friday night.


PHANTOMS NOTES

Lehigh Valley has points in eight of their last ten games. In six of those eight they got the victory.

The Phantoms have players represented in the top three of goals, assists and points so far this season. Danick Martel (17) and Greg Carey (16) sit at second and third, respectively, in goals; Phil Varone is third in assists (25) and in a three way tie for second in points (33).


CONNECTIONS

Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14, registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season (2015-16), tallying 50 points (8+42).

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, with 49 points (14+35) to his credit.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013 when the team was located in Adirondack. He accumulated 20 points (11+9)

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL record 50 shutouts there.


2017-18 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Season Ticket Information