PREVIEW: PENGUINS at BRUINS – FEBRUARY 9, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their road trip in the northeast as they visit the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center for a pair for games this weekend.

The Penguins (29-12-3-1, 62 pts, .689%) continue to hold the top spot in the Atlantic Division, and are currently on a four-game winning streak. The Bruins (26-16-3-1, 56 pts, .609%) are ranked third in the same division, having gone 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 contests.

Friday’s game is the third 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, November 11  WBS  Providence  4-3 OT WIN
Friday, January 19  Providence  WBS  1-0 Loss
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 Penguins used a great night on the special teams front to defeat the Springfield Thunderbirds, 3-1, on Wednesday night at MassMutual Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got two power play goals and featured an impenetrable penalty kill to earn its first win in Springfield since Feb. 5, 2016. The teams traded goals in the second frame with Gage Quinney breaking things open before Springfield’s Dryden Hunt tied it up, 1-1. A power play goal from Thomas Di Pauli put the Penguins back on top, 2-1. Garrett Wilson tallied a power play, empty net insurance marker with 1:13 to go in the third period to seal the win. The Penguins finished the night two-for-seven on the man advantage, while the Thunderbirds couldn’t capitalize on any of their three power play opportunities.

The Bruins fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night, 3-1, at the XL Center. Providence got its lone goal from Colton Hargrove, while Zane McIntyre made his 28th start of the season in net. Hartford’s Steven Fogarty gave the Wolf Pack the lead with his seventh goal of the season – a shorthanded tally. The Pack doubled their advantage thanks to Vinni Lettieri as he netted his 14th goal of the season. The P-Bruins came out of the gates firing to start the second period, and that led to Hargrove’s 10th goal of the campaign at 1:55. Ryan Gropp quickly regained the two-goal lead for Hartford, scoring at 4:33 of the middle frame. Providence was 0-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.


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

Daniel Sprong is on an eight-game point streak (5+9). Sprong is also tied for second among AHL rookies for goals scored this season with 20 and fourth with 37 points.

Sprong is tied for 19th overall in the AHL in points and tied for ninth in goals.

Jean-Sebastien Dea has points in 12 of the past 14 games his has played in for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dating back to December 22 (5+8).

BRUINS NOTES
Jordan Szwarz leads the Bruins with 15 goals in 31 games this season.

Swedish rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson leads all Bruins rookies in every major offensive category (13+15=28).

Jordan Binnington has the fourth best goals against average in the AHL this season at 2.09

Zane McIntyre is tied for third among AHL netmidners with three shutouts.


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


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, when they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.