The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome a potential first round playoff foe, the Providence Bruins, to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Saturday night.
The Penguins (40-20-6-2, 88 pts, .647%) have regained second place in the Atlantic Division after winning twice in their last two games, while the Bruins (40-23-3-2, 85 pts, .625%) sit just three points behind in the same division, but bring with them a two-game losing streak.
Tonight’s game is the sixth and final regular season meeting between the clubs this season.
|Saturday, November 11||WBS||Providence||4-3 WIN|
|Friday, January 19||WBS||Providence||1-0 Loss|
|Friday, February 9||Providence||WBS||4-0 Loss|
|Sunday, February 11||Providence||WBS||3-2 WIN|
|Wednesday, March 28||WBS||Providence||5-2 WIN|
|Saturday, March 31||WBS||Providence||7:05pm|
The Penguins achieved 40 wins for the 13th season in a row, a league record.
Daniel Sprong potted the OT winner last night for his team-leading 27th goal of the season. His goal total is the second-highest for a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton rookie all-time, trailing only Michel Ouellet’s 30 goals in 2003-04.
Sprong leads all AHL rookies in goals scored, and is second in points with 54. He is just six points behind Manitoba’s Mason Appleton total of 60, despite playing in 13 fewer games.
Sprong’s 27 goals are tied for seventh among all AHL scorers, and his five game-winning tallies are tied for 11th.
Sprong now has points in eight of his past nine games, totaling six goals and four assists in that span.
Despite losing to Lehigh Valley last night, a loss by Bridgeport to Springfield on Friday dropped Providence’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot to six.
Austin Czarnik leads the Bruins in every major offensive category and sits in third in the AHL in points
Jordan Binnington has the second best goals against average in the AHL this season with 1.98
Zane McIntyre is tied for first with the most shutouts in the AHL with 6. Two of those have come against the Penguins
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