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Penguins steady in playoff hunt as three-in-three approaches

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-20-3-5) takes on a trio of Atlantic Division foes

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Feb. 12 – PENGUINS 2 at Hartford 1

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton dealt Hartford just its second regulation loss at home all season. Rookie defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph led the way by scoring both of the Penguins’ goals. Casey DeSmith notched 25 saves for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Friday, Feb. 14 – PENGUINS 2 at Providence 4

In the Penguins’ first visit to Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season, the Bruins earned the edge by using pairs of goals in the first and third periods. Jordy Bellerive returned from a four-game injury absence and scored with 0.8 seconds left in regulation.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – PENGUINS 2 at Bridgeport 3

Bridgeport’s Simon Holmström potted back-to-back goals to lift the Sound Tigers over the Penguins on Saturday. Jamie Devane scored to get things started for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the middle frame, followed by a power-play goal by Joseph Blandisi.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Feb. 21 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton returns home to take on the Hershey Bears for an Eyewitness News Fan Friday. The Bears have ascended to first place in the Atlantic after going 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 games.

Saturday, Feb. 22 – PENGUINS at Hartford

The Penguins can stun the Wolf Pack at XL Center for the second time this month. Casey DeSmith has stopped 50 of the 51 shots he’s seen in two games against Hartford this season.

Sunday, Feb. 23 – PENGUINS at Providence

A huge, four-point swing will be available when Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton looks for revenge against Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Bruins currently have a six-point advantage on the Penguins in the Atlantic Standings.

 

Ice Chips

– David Warsofsky leads all AHL defensemen with six power-play goals.

– Jon Lizotte tops all rookie defensemen with a plus-17 rating.

– After being held to one point (0G-1A) in his first 10 games with the Penguins, Kevin Roy earned 12 points (5G-7A) in the next 15 games.

– The Penguins have played in nine shootouts this season, tied for most in the AHL.

– P.O Joseph’s pair of goals on Wednesday marked his first two-goal game as a pro.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

 

TEAM LEADERS

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME     

Fri, Feb. 21        Hershey           Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 22       Hartford           XL Center                           7:00 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 23      Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center    3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Feb, 7        (LW) Myles Powell                   Recalled from WHL