PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 23, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continue their holiday weekend with a Festivus for the rest of us celebration as the rival Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 5:05pm (SPECIAL START TIME).

The Penguins (16-8-2-1, 33 pts, .648%) currently sit in third place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Phantoms (18-9-2-2, 40 pts, .645%) sit one slot back in fourth place.

Tonight’s game is the sixth of twelve meetings between the clubs this season.


TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH:  AHLLive.com
LISTEN:  WILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS: Festivus Celebration (Jersey Auction), Player Card Strip #3 courtesy of Grotto Pizza


SEASON SERIES

DATE HOME ROAD TIME/RESULT
Friday, October 13  WBS  Lehigh Valley  5-0 WIN
Saturday, October 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS   3-2 Loss
Friday, November 3  Lehigh Valley  WBS   6-5 WIN
Friday, November 22  WBS  Lehigh Valley   4-2 WIN
Saturday, December 6  Lehigh Valley  WBS   5-0 Loss
Saturday, December 23  WBS  Lehigh Valley   5:05pm
Wednesday, December 27  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Wednesday, January 17  Lehigh Valley  WBS   7:05pm
Friday, January 26  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Saturday, February 3  WBS  Lehigh Valley   7:05pm
Sunday, February 18  Lehigh Valley  WBS   5:05pm
Saturday, April 14  Lehigh Valley  WBS   7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins received two-goal performances from Teddy Blueger and Jarrett Burton to defeat the Binghamton Devils in overtime, 4-3,  on Friday  night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Penguins survived a three-goal outburst by Binghamton from the first period, forced extra time, and eventually earned Michael Leighton his first victory in a Penguins uniform.

Lehigh Valley was on the short side of a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday night against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Phil Varone, Oskar Lindblom, and Reece Wilcox all tallied multi-point nights for the Phantoms as Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 35.


PENGUINS NOTES

With two goals last night, Teddy Blueger surpassed his career high of seven goals, achieved last season.  It took Blueger just 27 games to hit the mark this year.  He recorded seven in 54 games last year.

Jarrett Burton recorded the first multi-goal game of his AHL career on Friday night against Binghamton, including the goal that tied the game and forced overtime.

Michael Leighton is the all time shutout leader in the AHL with 50. He got his first win as a Penguin against Binghamton on Friday night.


PHANTOMS NOTES

Lehigh Valley has points in eight of their last ten games. In six of those eight they got the victory.

The Phantoms have players represented in the top three of goals, assists and points so far this season. Danick Martel (17) and Greg Carey (16) sit at second and third, respectively, in goals; Phil Varone is third in assists (25) and in a three way tie for second in points (33).


CONNECTIONS

Phantoms left winger Chris Conner played 87 games with Wilkes-Bare/Scranton from 2009-2011 and 2013-14, registering 76 points (28+48) during his tenure.

Phantoms defender Will O’Neill also played for the Penguins for one season (2015-16), tallying 50 points (8+42).

Phantoms right winger Colin McDonald played 68 games in a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton uniform in 2011-12, with 49 points (14+35) to his credit.

Penguins left winger Tom Sestito played 46 games for the Phantoms from 2010-2013 when the team was located in Adirondack. He accumulated 20 points (11+9)

Penguins goaltender Michael Leighton also played for the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010-2013, appearing in 88 games and recording seven of his AHL record 50 shutouts there.


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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs DEVILS, DECEMBER 22, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins kick off the holiday weekend as their I-81 rival, the Binghamton Devils, come to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza tonight at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (15-8-2-1, 33 pts, .635%) currently sit in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Devils (9-14-3-1, 22 pts, .407%) take up the basement slot in the North Division.

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


TIME: 7:05 p.m.

PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena

WATCH: AHLLive.com

LISTEN: WILK News Radio

TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office

PROMOS:  Eyewitness News FAN FRIDAY ($14 lower bowl tickets), select draft beers just $2 from 6-7:30pm, postgame autographs from Jeff Taylor and Freddie Tiffels


SEASON SERIES

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


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins had a rough trip through Connecticut only able to draw one of a possible four points last weekend. The Penguins were able to force Overtime against Bridgeport with goals from Greg McKegg and Zach Aston-Reese as well as a strong effort from Casey DeSmith who stopped thirty of thirty-three.

Binghamton got their first regulation win of December on multi point nights from Viktor Loov, Kevin Rooney, and Tim Kennedy against the Belleville Senators. Ken Appleby was able to stop twenty of twenty-two for the win.


PENGUINS NOTES

Daniel Sprong is fifth among active AHL rookies with 22 points, leads all first-year players with 15 goals and with seven power play tallies. Sprong is tied for fourth among all active AHL skaters in goals scored and third in power play goals.

Zach Aston-Reese has four points in his last three games. In just 34 AHL games he has accumulated 21 points, all the while recording the second most penalty minutes among rookies this season with 40.

The Penguins locker room had a significant change to the landscape recalling four players from Wheeling in the ECHL, goaltender Michael Leighton being acquired via trade, and defenseman Kevin Czuczman being returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after another trade by Pittsburgh.

Newly acquired Michael Leighton is a multi-record holder, as the AHL’s all time leader in career shutouts with 50, the most saves in an AHL game with 98, and having played in the longest game in AHL history.


DEVILS NOTES

Binghamton has gone 2-5-0-1 in the month of December, with only one win in regulation. In total this year Binghamton is 5-6-1-1 on the road.

Binghamton is ranked third in the AHL in short handed goals for, scoring 6 times while down a man, four of those off the stick of Kevin Rooney.

Michael Latta was recently acquired from the Tucson Roadrunners and notched Binghamton’s first goal against Belleville on Saturday.


CONNECTIONS

Devils Defender Brian Strait returns to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first time since being snagged off waivers before the lockout shortened season of 2013. He had 40 points over four seasons (2009-2013) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

— Info compiled by Jonathan Kliment


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PREVIEW: PENGUINS AT WOLF PACK – DECEMBER 15, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins begin a weekend swing through Connecticut when they face off with the Hartford Wolf Pack tonight at 7:15pm.

The Penguins (15-7-1-1, 32 pts, .667%) currently hold down second place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Wolf Pack (10-12-3-2, 25 pts, .463%) sit in seventh place in the eight team division.

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


TIME: 7:15 p.m.
PLACE: XL Center
WATCH: AHLLive.com
LISTEN: WILK News Radio


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, October 21  Hartford  WBS  3-2 SOW
 Friday, December 15  WBS  Hartford  7:15pm
 Friday, December 29  Hartford  WBS  7:05pm
 Sunday, January 21  WBS  Hartford  5:00pm
 Saturday, March 17  Hartford  WBS  7:05pm
 Friday, March 30  WBS  Hartford  7:15pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins recorded five consecutive goals to overcame a 3-1 deficit and post a 6-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds on Wednesday night. Daniel Sprong scored twice for the Pens, upping his team-leading goal total to 14 on the season. Greg McKegg and Pat McGrath each recorded their first AHL goals of the season, and Andrey Pedan and Ryan Haggerty recorded a goal and an assist each. Casey DeSmith recorded his 10th win of the season in net.

Hartford jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then hung on to post a 5-3 victory over the Thunderbirds last Sunday. Vinni Lettieri led the offense for the Wolf Pack, posting two goals and adding an assist. It was the first two-goal game of the rookie forward’s career.


PENGUINS NOTES

Daniel Sprong is tied for fifth among rookies with 21 points, leads all first-year players with 14 goals and is tied for first with seven power play tallies. Sprong is tied for second among all AHL skaters in goals scored and power play goals.

Forward Ryan Haggerty has recorded 10 goals in his first 14 games this season. He netted 11 in 58 games with the Penguins last year. His plus-12 rating leads all Penguins skaters.

Casey DeSmith returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this week, and recorded his 10th AHL victory this year with his 24 save performance against the Thunderbirds on Wednesday. His 10 wins are tied for firth in the league.


WOLF PACK NOTES

Hartford is currently on a five-game point streak (3-0-1-1). Four of their past five games have been decided in extra time (one in overtime, three in a shootout).

The Wolf Pack holds the fourth ranked power play in the league with a 20.5% success rate (24 PPG/117 chances).

Vinni Lettieri is tied for 12th overall and tied for fourth among AHL rookies with 11 goals. Lettieri is also tied for fifth overall and third among rookies with six power play goals.

Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev is third in the league in minutes played with 1030:08.


CONNECTIONS

Penguins defenseman Chris Summers spent parts of three seasons (2014-17) with the Wolf Pack, recording 24 points (7+16) in 161 games with the team.

Penguins forward Ryan Haggerty broke into the AHL with Hartford in 2014-15, posting 33 points (15+18) in 76 games with the club.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs THUNDERBIRDS – DECEMBER 13, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Springfield Thunderbirds meet for the first of four meetings this season on Wednesday, December 13.

The Penguins (14-7-1-1, 30 pts, .652%) sit in third place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Thunderbirds (10-17-1-0, 21 pts, .375%) hold down eighth place.

TIME: 7:05 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH: AHLLive.com
LISTEN: WILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Wednesday, December 13  Springfield  WBS  7:05pm
 Friday, January 5  Springfield  WBS  7:05pm
 Wednesday, February 7  WBS  Springfield  7:05pm
 Friday, April 13  WBS  Springfield  7:05pm

 


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins posted a 4-1 victory over the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at the Giant Center. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got first period goals from Christian Thomas, Daniel Sprong and Thomas Di Pauli en route to the win. Zach Trotman tallied a third period marker as well, and Sean Maguire made 18 saves for his first AHL victory this season.

The Thunderbirds suffered a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon. The defeat saw Springfield’s December record fall to 1-4-0-0.


PENGUINS NOTES

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s nine home wins are tied for third in the AHL, behind only the Providence Bruins and Rockford IceHogs 10 apiece.

Daniel Sprong is tied for seventh in the league with 12 goals and tied for second with seven power play goals. Those numbers also tie him for first place in both categories among rookie skaters.

Sprong is also tied for sixth among rookies with 19 points.

Thomas DiPauli’s eight goals place him in a tie for eighth among rookies,


THUNDERBIRDS NOTES

Springfield’s road record is just 2-10-1-0 (5 pts, .192%), placing the team 30th in the 30 team league in the category. The Thunderbirds are averaging less than two goals per game when away from the Mass Mutual Center (25 goals in 13 games).

The Thunderbirds are the most penalized team in the AHL with 479 penalty minutes.

Alexandre Grenier leads the Thunderbirds and is tied for 11th in the league with 23 points. His 16 assists are tied for 10th overall.


CONNECTIONS

Forward Bobby Farnham spent parts of three seasons (2012-15) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 39 points (17+22) and 666 penalty minutes in 191 games.

Defenseman Tim Erixon spent two seasons (2015-17) wit the Penguins, recording 37 points (7+30) in 119 games.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs BEARS – DECEMBER 10, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return to Hershey for the second consecutive Sunday to face the Bears at 5:00pm.

The Penguins (13-7-1-1, 28 pts, .636%) sit in third place in the extremely tight Atlantic Division standings, while the Bears (12-11-0-3, 27 points, .519%) place sixth in the eight team division.

Sunday’s contest is the fifth of 12 meetings between the teams this year.  The Penguins have a 2-0-1-1 record so far, while the Bears are 2-2-0-0 in the first four matchups.

TIME: 5:00 p.m.

PLACE: Giant Center

WATCH: AHLLive.com

LISTEN: WILK News Radio


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Friday, October 7  Hershey  WBS  3-2, Win
 Sunday, November 5  Hershey  WBS  3-2 SOL
 Sunday, November 12  WBS  Heshey  5-1 Win
 Sunday, December 3  WBS  Hershey  4-3 OTL
 Sunday, December 10  WBS  Hershey  5:00pm
 Saturday, December 30  WBS  Hershey  7:00pm
 Wednesday, January 24  WBS  Hershey  7:00pm
 Friday, February 2  Hershey  WBS  7:05pm
 Sunday, February 25  Hershey  WBS  3:05pm
 Sunday, March 18  Hershey  WBS  3:05pm
 Tuesday, April 3  Hershey  WBS  7:05pm
 Sunday, April 15  WBS  Hershe  3:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night in Wilkes-Barre.  Daniel Sprong netted his team-leading 11th goal of the season, and Sean Maguire stopped 28 shots in his first AHL start this season.

The Bears defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms by a score of 4-2 last night in Hershey.  Lucas Johansen, Chris Bourque, Garrett Mitchell and Tyler Graovac tallied for the home side, and Vitek Vanecek stopped 24 shots between the pipes.


PENGUINS NOTES

Daniel Sprong is tied for third among rookie skaters with 11 goals this season, and ranks second among first year players with six power play goals.  His 11 goals are tied for 10th among all AHL scorers, and his six power play goals are tied for third overall.

Thomas Di Pauli is tied for 13th among rookies with seven goals.


BEARS NOTES

Chris Bourque leads all AHL skaters with 32 points, is tied for second with 21 assists, tied for 10th with 11 goals and tied for fifth with five power play tallies.

Travis Boyd is tied for sixth with 17 assists.

Mathias Bau is tied for eighth among rookies with eight goals.


CONNECTIONS

Penguins forward Christian Thomas spent the 2016-17 season with the Bears, and led the team in goals (24) and power play goals (12).  His goals, assists (25) and points (49) totals were all career highs.

Bears center Zach Sill spent parts of five seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time list with 277 games played. Sill recorded 73 points (33+40) and 315 penalty minutes with the Penguins betweenez 2009 and 2014.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS vs CHECKERS – DECEMBER 8, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins welcome the Charlotte Checkers back to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night at 7:05pm.

The Penguins (13-6-1-1, 28 pts, .667%) are tied for first place in the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, while the Checkers (14-8-0-1, 29 pts, .630%) are holding onto the fourth slot.

Friday night’s contest is the second of four meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Mohegan Sun Arena
WATCH: AHLLive.com
LISTEN: WILK News Radio
TICKETS: 570-208-7367 or at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office
PROMOS: Eyewitness News Fan Friday ($14 lower bowl tickets) | Select draft beers available for just $2 (6-7:30pm) courtesy of the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition | Postgame Autographs featuring a pair of Penguins players to be announced


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, October 7  Charlotte  WBS  5-2, Loss
 Friday, December 8  Charlotte  WBS  7:05pm
 Tuesday, March 13  WBS  Charlotte  7:00pm
 Wednesday, March 14  WBS  Charlotte  7:00pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins dropped a 5-0 decision to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday night in Allentown. It was the first time the Pens had been blanked since March 8 of last season, also against the Phantoms.

The Checkers carry a four-game point streak (3-0-0-1) into Friday night’s game, following a 4-3 win over Springfield on Sunday. Charlotte rattled off three straight goals after falling behind 3-1 midway through the game to pull out the victory.


PENGUINS NOTES

Goaltender Sean Maguire made his 2017-18 AHL debut in relief on Wednesday night in Allentown, stopping 15 of 16 shots he faced over 36 minutes of play. Maguire began the season with the Wheeling Nailers, and posted an 8-3-0-0 mark with a 3.28 GAA and .910 save percentage in 12 ECHL games.

The Penguins three overtime wins is tied for the second most in the AHL, behind only the Texas Stars four wins in the extra frame.


CHECKERS NOTES

Forward Warren Foegele is tied for the rookie lead, tied for third overall with 12 goals this season, tied for third with three game-winning goals and leads the league with four shorthanded goals.

Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic is tied or the AHL lead with 11 wins this season.

Right wing Valentin Zykov is third in the AHL with six power play goals.

Defenseman Philip Samuelsson is tied for sixth with a plus-13 rating.

The Checkers lead the Eastern Conference and are fourth in the AHL with a 21.5% success rate on the power play (23 goals / 107 chances).
Charlotte has only gone to overtime once this season, dropping a 2-1 shootout loss against the Providence Bruins on November 26.


CONNECTIONS

Checkers defenseman Philip Samuelsson spent parts of four seasons (2011-2015) with the Penguins, recording 45 points (6+39) in 197 games.

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PREVIEW: PENGUINS AT PHANTOMS, DECEMBER 6, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head down the turnpike to face off with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center on Wednesday, December 6.

The Penguins (13-5-1-1, 28 pts, .700 pts%) sit atop of the American Hockey League’s Atlantic Division, with the Phantoms (13-7-1-2, 29 pts, .630 pts%) holding down fourth place.

Wednesday night’s contest is the fifth of 12 meetings between the clubs this season.

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: PPL Center, Allentown
WATCH: AHLLive.com
LISTEN: WILK News Radio


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Friday, October 13  Lehigh Valley  WBS  5-0, Win
 Saturday, October 14  WBS  Lehigh Valley  3-2 Loss
 Friday, November 3  WBS  Lehigh Valley  6-5 SOW
 Wednesday, November 22  Lehigh Valley  WBS  4-2 Win
 Wednesday, December 6  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
 Saturday, December 23  Lehigh Valley  WBS  5:05pm
 Wednesday, December 27  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm
 Wednesday, January 17  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm
 Friday, January 26  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm
 Saturday, February 3  Lehigh Valley  WBS  7:05pm
 Sunday, February 18  WBS  Lehigh Valley  5:05pm
 Saturday, April 14  WBS  Lehigh Valley  7:05pm

RECENT ACTION

The Penguins posted a .500 record during their recent three-games-in-three-days weekend, posting a 5-4 OT win against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday, December 1; dropping a 5-2 decision to the Rochester Americans on Saturday, December 2; and falling in the extra frame to the Hershey Bears, 3-2, on Sunday at the Giant Center.

The Phantoms picked up three of a possible four points over the weekend, downing the Bears, 7-2, on Friday night, before defeating the Laval Rocket, 5-4, in overtime on Saturday. Both games took place in Allentown.



PENGUINS NOTES

Goaltender Colin Stevens recorded the win in his AHL debut on Friday night, stopping 29 shots in the 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Admirals.

Netminder Anthony Peters made his WBS debut the following night in a 5-2 defeat against the Rochester Americans. Peters, who was signed to a PTO by the Penguins from the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, spent his first AHL season with Rochester. He appeared in seven games with the Amerks in March and April of 2015.

Teddy Blueger posted his first career multi-goal game on Saturday against Rochester. Blueger’s five goals through 20 games this season are just two shy of his 2016-17 total of seven, which came over 54 games played.

Jean-Sebastien Dea’s OT goal on Friday was his first game-winner of the season, but the 14th of his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton career. That ties him with Tomas Surovy and Scott Wilson on the team’s all-time list, trailing only Tom Kostopoulos (24). It was also his third career OT winner (10/29/14 @ Lehigh Valley; 11/9/14 vs. Syracuse).

Josh Archibald returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment from Pittsburgh, and posted three points (1+2) in three games over the weekend, including a shorthanded goal in the Penguins win over Milwaukee.

Wednesday night’s game will be just the eighth road contest for the Penguins. Only the Tucson Roadrunners have played fewer games away from home so far this season.


PHANTOM NOTES

Center Phil Varone is tied for fourth in the AHL with 25 points, and tied for fourth with 18 assists.

Forward Greg Carey ranks third among AHL skaters with 12 goals this season.

Lehigh Valley is 13-1-1-1 when scoring three or more goals this season and is 11-1-0-1 when allowing three goals against or fewer.


CONNECTIONS

Penguins forward Tom Sestito spent parts of three seasons (2010-13) with the Phantoms when they were based out of Glens Falls, NY, recording 20 points (11+9) and 167 penalty minutes in 46 games with the club.

Phantoms captain Colin McDonald spent the 2011-12 season in Wilkes-Barre, posting 49 points (14+35) in 68 games.

Left wing Chris Conner spent parts of three seasons (2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14) with the Penguins, recording 76 points (28+48) inn 87 games with the club.

Defenseman Will O’Neill spent the 2015-16 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording career highs in assists (42) and points (50) while representing the Penguins at the AHL All-Star Classic.

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BRUINS – PENGUINS PREVIEW


TONIGHT’S GAME

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins meet for the first time this season tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

The Penguins (8-2-0-1, 17 pts) sit atop the Atlantic Division standings, three points ahead of the fourth place Bruins (7-4-0-0, 14 pts).

TIME: 7:05 p.m. | PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena | WATCH:  AHLLive.com  LISTEN:  WILK News Radio | TICKETS:  570-208-7367 or the arena box office

PROMO:  The first 4,000 fans will receive a Penguins Card Strip featuring Kevin Czuczman, Daniel Sprong, Teddy Blueger, Tristan Jarry and Ryan Haggerty.  The first of four card strip giveaways this season also features a voucher good for a free personal pizza (with purchase) from Grotto Pizza


RECENT ACTION

The Penguins are coming off of a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday night.  Andrey Pedan notched his first goal with the team (and added an assist), Ryan Haggerty picked up his fifth tally of the year, and Thomas Di Pauli netted a pair of goals in the win.  Casey DeSmith stopped 22 shots for his fifth win in six games this season.

The Bruins were shut out their last time out, falling to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 6-0, last Sunday.  Zane McIntyre stopped 31 of 37 shots he faced between the pipes.


SEASON SERIES

 DATE  ROAD  HOME  TIME/RESULT
 Saturday, November 11  Providence  WBS  7:05pm
 Friday, January 19  WBS  Providence  7:05pm
 Friday, February 9  WBS  Providence  7:05pm
 Sunday, February 11  WBS  Providence  3:05pm
 Wednesday, March 28  Providence  WBS  7:05pm
 Saturday, March 31  Providence  WBS  7:05pm

 


PENGUIN NOTES

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has points in eight straight games (7-0-0-1)

Daniel Sprong leads all AHL skaters with five power play goals, and is first among league rookies with eight goals.

Ryan Haggerty has five goals in just four games this season

Lukas Bengtsson has eight points (0+8) in 11 games with the Penguins this season, and ranks tied for 11th among AHL defensemen in points.

Tonight’s game with be the 150th AHL game of Dominik Simon’s career.


PENGUINS-BRUINS CONNECTIONS

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Zach Trotman spent parts of four seasons (2011-15) with Providence, recording 56 points (13+43) in 150 games with the club.

Providence Bruins forward Adam Payerl spent parts of four seasons (2011-15) with the Penguins, recording 31 points (10+21) in 130 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


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CHARLOTTE vs. WBS – OCTOBER 7, 2017

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Penguins and Charlotte Checkers face-off for the first of four season meetings, but tonight is their first game against one another since 2011. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a commanding 7-1-0-0 record in the two clubs’ 2010-11 regular season series, but Charlotte got the better of them in six games during the second round of the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Penguins’ hope to capitalize with a new-look power play unit that will feature offensively inclined rookies like Zach Aston-Reese, Adam Johnson and Daniel Sprong as well as the team’s leading scorer from last season, veteran Tom Kostopoulos. However, they may not have many opportunities to make an impact, as the Checkers were the second-least penalized team in the AHL the previous year (10.88 PIM per game).

Charlotte’s power play came up clutch late last night, scoring a tying goal in the third period. Tonight, the Checkers’ man advantage must contend with the Penguins’ penalty kill, which was best in the AHL last season with a 86.9 percent success rate.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is well-rested, prepared for its first game of the season, whereas Charlotte in playing in the second game of a back-to-back this weekend. Last season, the Checkers were 16-12-1-0 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.

RECENT ACTION

The Charlotte Checkers kicked off the 2017-18 season and their Atlantic Division residence with a dramatic 5-4 victory spearheaded by rookie Warren Foegele while visiting the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Charlotte started off behind the eight ball when Hartford’s Cole Schneider struck 54 seconds into the game. Foegele, last year’s OHL Playoffs MVP, evened things up in the first period with his first pro goal.

The Wolf Pack popped back on top, 2-1, with a tally courtesy of Ryan Gropp at 2:25 of the middle frame. Hartford’s Joe Whitney and Charlotte’s Lucas Wallmark traded goals less than two minutes apart, and the game headed to the second intermission at a 3-2 score in the home squad’s favor.

Adam Tambellini extended his team’s lead to two goals at 2:42 of the third before Aleksi Saarela chopped it right back down t o one midway through the period.

The Checkers’ power play unit found a 4-4 equalizer from Valentin Zykov 13:06 into the final period of play. Foegele shocked the opening night crowd at XL Center with his second goal of the night, the game-winner, with one minute left in regulation.

ICE CHIPS…

– Tom Kostopoulos begins his 19th season of professional hockey tonight, a career that started in 1999 during the inaugural season of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

– Penguins forward Teddy Blueger not only had the best plus/minus of all AHL rookies last year (+23), but also set Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s franchise record for rookie plus/minus rating.

– In his final year of junior hockey, Daniel Sprong failed to record a point in only nine of his 43 games played, including playoffs.

– Last season’s Penguins were the fifth team to reach the 50-win plateau since the AHL adopted a 76-game schedule in 2011-12.

CHECK MATES…

– Charlotte posted a record of 15-3-3-0 (.785) when Lucas Wallmark scored a goal last season. – The Checkers allowed the fewest shorthanded goals in the AHL last season (3).

– Andrew Poturalski ranked third in rookie scoring last season with 52 points (19G-33A).

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PENGUINS vs PHANTOMS – MARCH 8, 2017


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return home for the first time since February 14 this Wednesday night, and they’ll be facing off with the same opponent they saw that evening as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms come to town.

The Phantoms are 2-2-1-0 in their past five contests, a sting which includes an overtime loss to the Penguins on February 25 in Allentown.

The Penguins are coming off of a seven-game road swing and a 6-3 win over the Hartford WolfPack on Sunday afternoon. The two teams are separated by just six points in the Atlantic Division standings.

Wednesday night’s game is the fifth of 12 meetings between the clubs this year, with the Penguins holding a 3-2-0-0 advantage in the season series.

DATE:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017
TIME:  7:05pm
PLACE:  Mohegan Sun Arena
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ABOUT THE PHANTOMS

RECORD 36-18-3-0 (75 pts) | Third in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Greg Carey 26
ASSISTS  Andy Miele 34
POINTS  Chris Conner & T.J. Brennan 48
PIM  T.J. Brennan 95
WINS  Alex Lyon 22
GAA  Alex Lyon 2.74

WHO’S HOT:  T.J. BRENNAN had a six-game point streak snapped on Sunday when the Phantoms fell to the Providence Bruins, but the AHL vet had recorded 10 points (4+6) in that span of a half dozen games, including a hat trick against Utica on February 19. That was Brennan’s first multi-goal game of the season. His 17 goals are tops among AHL defensemen.

NEWS AND NOTES:Former Penguins CHRIS CONNER has points in each of the Phantoms’ past seven games (4+5=9) and is eight points shy of his career high of 56 points, set as a member of the Penguins in 2009-10…Conner and Brennan are tied for sixth in the AHL with 48 points…GREG CAREY is second in the AHL with 26 goals this season, one behind Chicago’s WADE MEGAN. His 17 power play goals are tops in the league…Goaltender ALEX LYON leads all rookie puck stoppers with 22 wins and is second with 2100:58 minutes played. His victory total is tied for third among all goalies, one behind the Pens’ TRISTAN JARRYLEHIGH VALLEY’s 22.7 power play percentage (63 for 278) is fifth in the league

ABOUT THE PENGUINS

RECORD  39-16-3-0 (81 pts) | First in Atlantic Division

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS  Tom Kostopoulos  20
ASSISTS  Kevin Porter  28
POINTS  Tom Kostopoulos  44
PIM  Tom Sestito  121
WINS  Tristan Jarry  23
GAA  Tristan Jarry  2.27

WHO’S HOT: DOMINIK SIMON has points in four of his past five games (1+5=6) and nine points (3+6) in his past nine contests. He has five assists in his past four games, and has eclipsed his assist total from last season (26 to 23) in 13 fewer games played. His 26 assists are third on the team behind DAVID WARSOFSKY (27) and KEVIN PORTER (28).

NEWS AND NOTES: Goaltender TRISTAN JARRY is second in the AHL with 23 wins, two behind Ontario’s JACK CAMPBELL, but the Penguins netminder has appeared in six fewer games than his California counterpart (42 to 36)…Jarry’s next appearance will be his 70th regular season game with the Penguins, snapping a tie with DANY SABOURIN for 10th place on the team’s all-time list amongst goalies. His 40 career wins are seventh all-time in Penguins history, two behind JEFF DROUIN-DESLAURIERSDAVID WARSOFSKY’S 14 goals are tied for second among AHL blueliners, his 27 assists are seventh, and his 41 points are third. His plus-29 rating is tied for first among all league skaters with San Diego’s JAYCOB MEGNA…The PENGUINS penalty kill continues to hold the top spot in the AHL with an 86.5 success rate (205 of 237)