PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/27/18

Penguins trek to the Midwest for the first time in 10 years

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (32-16-4-1) hasn’t been to Grand Rapids since 2008, Milwaukee since 2004

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Feb. 23 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Rockford 3
The Penguins were victorious in their first meeting with the IceHogs in franchise history. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton erupted for three tallies in the first period, and six different players recorded goals throughout the game.

Saturday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS 1 at Syracuse 3
Special teams did not go the Penguins’ way as they dropped their fourth and final contest against the Crunch this season. Freddie Tiffels scored five minutes into the game, but Syracuse used shorthanded and power play goals to earn the win.

Sunday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hershey 2
Rookie Adam Johnson shined bright, notching two of the Pens’ three goals. The home team scored once in every period to knock off Hershey and improve to 7-0-1-1 against its I-81 rival this season.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Mar. 2 – PENGUINS at Grand Rapids
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will take on Grand Rapids for the first time this season in the Penguins first visit to Van Andel Arena in a decade. Both teams own second place in their divisions.

Saturday, Mar. 3 – PENGUINS at Rockford
The Penguins face the IceHogs for their second meeting in eight days. Rockford owns the worst penalty kill in the league (75.8%), which Wilkes-Barre/Scranton victimized once on its only power play in their last clash.

Sunday, Mar. 4 – PENGUINS at Milwaukee
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will close out their road trip by taking on the Admirals for the second and final time this season. In their previous contest, Garrett Wilson led the Penguins with a hat trick, but Jean-Sébastien Dea closed out the 5-4 overtime victory.

Ice Chips

– Friday’s contest marked Tom Kostopoulos’ 700th AHL game.

– The Penguins are undefeated against Central Division teams so far this season (2-0-0-0). They have defeated Rockford and Milwaukee, two of the three teams they will take on in their upcoming road trip.

– With two assists on Sunday, Daniel Sprong recorded his team-leading 12th multi-point game this season.

– At Monday’s NHL trade deadline, Pittsburgh dealt Greg McKegg in exchange for Josh Jooris, who was then assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Jooris has skated in 31 NHL games this season and has also accumulated three points in five AHL games.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 57 35 15 3 4 77 .675
2. PENGUINS 53 32 16 4 1 69 .651
3. Providence 55 32 18 3 2 69 .627
4. Charlotte 57 31 23 0 3 65 .570
5. Bridgeport 55 25 22 5 3 58 .527
6. Hartford 58 26 25 4 3 59 .509
7. Hershey 57 23 26 4 4 54 .474
8. Springfield 56 25 28 2 1 53 .473

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 43 21 23 44
Jean-Sébastien Dea 48 12 20 32
Ryan Haggerty 33 16 15 31
Zach Aston-Reese*^ 41 9 20 29
Teddy Blueger 48 12 16 28
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 15 7-4-2 2.85 .901 1

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                             TIME      

Fri, Mar. 2        Grand Rapids  Van Andel Arena                  7:00 p.m.

Sat, Mar. 3       Rockford          BMO Harris Bank Center    7:00 p.m.

Sun, Mar. 4      Milwaukee      UW-Milwaukee Panther     6:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Feb. 26    (RW) Josh Jooris   Traded by CAR to PIT; Assigned to WBS

Mon, Feb. 26    (LW) Greg McKegg                             Traded by PIT to CAR

Mon, Feb. 26    (C) Dominik Simon                              Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Feb. 26    (G) Tristan Jarry                                   Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Feb. 26    (RW) Zach Aston-Reese                                Recalled by PIT

Mon, Feb. 26    (RW) Zach Aston-Reese                      Reassigned from PIT

Mon, Feb. 26    (G) Casey DeSmith                                         Recalled by PIT