PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BRUINS, JANUARY 19, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look to continue their hottest stretch of the season as they go for their ninth straight victory when they visit the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time this season.

The Penguins (24-10-2-1, 51 pts, .689%) continue to hold onto the top spot in the Atlantic Division, while the Bruins (22-12-3-1, 48 pts, .632%) are just one spot behind despite a recent four-game slide.

Tonight’s game is the second of six meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Dunkin Donuts Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Providence 4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19 WBS Providence  7:05pm
Friday, February 9 Providence WBS  7:05pm
Sunday, February 11 Providence WBS  3:05pm
Wednesday, March 28 WBS Providence  7:05pm
Saturday, March 31 WBS Providence  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hosted the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza extended their winning streak to eight-games with a 4-1 victory. Zach Aston-Reese tallied three points (1+2) on the night, as he assisted on both the tying Gage Quinney and the winning Christian Thomas tallies. Andrew Peters was stellar in net again, stopping 22 of 23 Phantoms attempts, bringing his win streak since signing his second PTO to six games.

The Providence Bruins welcomed the Springfield Thunderbirds into Dunkin’ Donuts Center last Sunday, with the road team skating away with a 5-2 victory. The Bruins got goals from Colton Hargrove and Kenny Agostino just 29 seconds apart in the first period, but those would be the only tallies they were able to get on the day. Jordan Binnington got the start in net for the Bruins, but allowed three goals on 19 shots before making way for Zane McIntyre in relief.


PENGUINS NOTES
With two assists Wednesday night, Ryan Haggerty took over the team scoring lead with 29 points(16+13).

Haggerty has points in seven straight games dating back to December 30. He has posted 12 points (5+7) during that stretch.

Andrey Pedan was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday, Jan. 15 after recording five points (3G-2A) and a plus-5 rating in two games.

The Penguins have notched five hat tricks in 2017-18, most in a single season in team history.

Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has won six straight starts, posting a 1.66 goals against average and .946 save percentage in that time.

Christian Thomas has posted the game-winning goal in three of the Penguins’ past four victories.


BRUINS NOTES
Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins with 33 points (9+24) in 32 games this season.

Swedish rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson leads all Bruins rookies with 11 goals, 14 assists and 25 points.

Jordan Binnington has the third highest save percentage in the AHL this season (.931).

Providence is ranked fourth with the fewest goals against, having only given up 100 goals in 38 games.


CONNECTIONS
Penguins Defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons with the Bruins (2011-15) where he played 150 games and netted 56 points (13+43).

Bruins head coach Jay Leach spent the 2015-16 season on the Penguins’ bench, and posted a 2-0-1-0 mark as the team’s interim head coach.

Bruins right winger Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton playing 130 games and posting 31 points (10+21).

  • Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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