PREVIEW: PENGUINS at DEVILS – MARCH 24, 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, as they travel to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (37-19-6-2, 82 pts, .641%) currently sit in second in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (22-33-7-3, 54 pts, .415%) take up the sixth slot in the North Division.

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

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
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SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, November 17 Binghamton WBS 4-3 WIN
Friday, December 22 WBS Binghamton 4-3 OTWIN
Saturday, January 27 WBS Binghamton 4-3 OTWIN
Friday, March 9 Binghamton WBS 2-3 OTWIN
Saturday, March 24 Binghamton WBS  7:05pm
Saturday, April 7 WBS Binghamton  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION
The Penguins erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime, but ultimately fell in the extra frame, 5-4, to the Utica Comets at Adirondack Bank Center on Friday night. Coming from behind to extend the game past regulation for the second contest in a row, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton reduced their magic number to clinch a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs down to 11. Utica’s Michael Carcone. Michael Chaput (2), and Zac Lynch all socred in regulation for the Comets, while Jean-Sébastien Dea, Daniel Sprong,Tom Kostopoulos, and Gage Quinney tallied for the Penguins.The Comets seized the win thanks to Ashton Sautner just 1:15 into the extra session. Tristan Jarry recorded 33 saves.

Nick Lappin recorded his third hat trick of the year on Friday night as the Devils ended a three-game road trip with a 4-2 win over the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena. Rochester got tallies from Stuart Percy and Sahir Gill. The Devils had Nathan Bastian opened the scoring, but it was Lappin’s night as he tallied four times and was able to lead the Devils to victory over the Americans who have now lost four straight. Eddie Lack stopped 29 of 31 for the win.

 

PENGUINS NOTES

Teddy Blueger leads the season series in points with six (3+3)

Two of Blueger’s three goals have been overtime winners

Zach Trotman is three games away from 200 AHL contests

Daniel Sprong continues to find success this season adding two points against Utica (1+1). Sprong has the second most points among AHL rookies this season with 50 (24+26)

DEVILS NOTES
Jacob MacDonald leads the Devils in points (48) with nine of those points coming on power play goals.

Bracken Kearns has continued to provide veteran leadership appearing in every game for the Devils’ bringing his AHL total to 729.

Jagger Dirk signed an amateur tryout after playing the past four seasons at St. Francis Xavier University where he totaled 73 points (15+58) in 114 games played.

Nick Lappin continues to lead the Devils in goals (28) with a hat trick Friday night, while Jacob MacDonald leads the team in assists (32)

CONNECTIONS
Devils Defender Brian Strait faces the Penguins again after being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

compiled by Jonathan Kliment