PREVIEW: PENGUINS at WOLF PACK, JANUARY 21, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins travel to Connecticut for the second time this season to matchup with the Hartford Wolf Pack at XL Center. The home team has won all three previous matchups this season.

The Penguins (24-11-2-1, 51 pts, .671%) are ranked atop the Atlantic Division of the AHL, while the Wolf Pack (16-20-3-3, 36 pts, .452%) sit in eighth in the same division.

Sunday’s game is the fourth of six meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: XL Center
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Saturday, October 21 WBS Hartford  3-2 SO WIN
Friday, December 15 Hartford WBS  7-3 Loss
Friday, Decmber 29 WBS Hartford  5-1 WIN
Sunday, January 21 Hartford WBS  5:00pm
Saturday, March 17 WBS Hartford  7:05pm
Friday, March 30 Hartford WBS  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were unable to crack the goal column in on Friday night, falling to the Providence Bruins, 1-0, at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Both netminders were stellar throughout the game, with the lone goal, a power play tally, scored by Tommy Cross midway through the third period. Anthony Peters stopped a season-high 42 shots in the loss, while. Zane McIntyre stopped all 28 shots he faced to snuff out the Penguins’ eight-game win streak.

The Hartford Wolf Pack welcomed the Utica Comets to the XL Center on Friday night and snapped a three-game skid with a 3-2 overtime victory. Hartford’s Ryan Sproul scored the two regulation goals before Utica tallied twice in the third to force overtime. Rookie Filip Chytil scored his seventh of the year to secure the victory for the Wolf Pack. Marek Mazanec started in goal but was injured halfway through the third and had to be replaced by Alexandar Georgiev.

PENGUINS NOTES

The Penguins began their recent eight game win streak by beating Hartford 5-1 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Dec. 29

Canadian Olympian Christian Thomas leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with four game-winning goals this season

Since the calendar changed to 2018 the Penguins have outscored their opponents 27-11.

WOLF PACK NOTES
Cole Schneider has played in all 42 games for the Wolf Pack and ranks second in assists (18) and points (25) for the team
The Hartford power play is among the best in the Eastern Conference ranked second only to the Charlotte Checkers at 19.2%
Hartford has 100% success against the Penguins power play so far this season


CONNECTIONS
Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

Compiled by Jonathan Kliment

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