PENGUINS – CHECKERS COMPARISON


The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Charlotte Checkers meet in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs, and to get you ready, we’ve put together this quick side-by-side comparison on how the teams fared this season.

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON STATS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
RECORD 45-22-6-3, 99 PTS 46-26-1-3, 96 PTS
GOALS FOR/AGAINST 252/233 262/212
PENALTY MINUTES 1,161 902
POWER PLAY 41/298 – 13.8% 70/343 – 20.4%
PENALTY KILL 291/355 – 82.0% 255/314 – 81.2%

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
GAMES Kevin Czuczman – 71 Andrew Poturalski & Philip Samuelsson – 76
GOALS Daniel Sprong – 32 Valentin Zykov – 33
ASSISTS Daniel Sprong – 33 Lucas Wallmark – 38
POINTS Daniel Sprong – 65 Lucas Wallmark – 55
+/- Zach Trotman – plus-24 Philip Sameulsson – plus-44
PIM Garrett Wilson – 139 Trevor Carrick – 85
PPG Daniel Sprong – 11 Valentin Zykov – 17
SHG Jean-Sebastien Dea – 4 Warren Foegele – 4

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON GOALTENDERS

PENGUINS CHECKERS
Name GP Record GAA SV% SO Name GP Record GAA SV% SO
Anthony Peters 24 12-7-3 2.71 0.907 1 Alex Nedeljkovic 49 31-12-3 2.55 0.903 5
Michael Leighton 6 5-0-0 2.66 0.913 0 Jeremy Smith 30 13-13-1 2.71 0.902 0
Tristan Jarry 16 9-5-2 3.05 0.901 0

This is the second playoff meeting between the Penguins and Checkers, who also faced off in the East Division Final back in 2011.  Charlotte won that series, 4-2.

2011 EAST DIVISION FINAL (CHARLOTTE WINS, 4-2)

Date Road Team Home Team Result
April 28, 2011 Charlotte – 3 WBS – 2 L
April 30, 2011 Charlotte – 0 WBS  – 3 W
May 2, 2011 WBS – 1 Charlotte – 2 (OT) L
May 4, 2011 WBS – 0  Charlotte 1 L
May 6, 2011 WBS – 1 Charlotte – 0 W
May 7, 2011 Charlotte – 4 WBS – 3 L

PITTSBURGH RETURNS BLUEGER TO WBS

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Teddy Blueger to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Blueger, 23, spent the past week-plus with the Penguins, but did not see any game action during his first career NHL stint. At the AHL level this year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he ranks fifth on the team with 26 points (12G-14A) and he owns a plus-10 in 45 games.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are back in action this Friday night when they welcome the Rockford Ice Hogs to NEPA for the first ever meeting between the clubs.  Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.

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PENGUINS BOUNCE BACK TO BEAT BRUINS IN SHOOTOUT, 3-2

BOXSCORE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins avenged their two shutout losses at Dunkin’ Donuts Center by defeating the Providence Bruins in a shootout, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in their last visit to Rhode Island this season.

It took 146:31 of game time over the course of three games, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (30-13-3-1) finally solved Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre to pull together a two-goal comeback before winning in the best-of-three shootout.

The start of the game was a defensive chess match. Neither team could tally a shot on goal during the first five minutes of the contest thanks to tight-checking defense and shot-blocking prowess on both sides.

The Bruins’ Tommy Cross blasted the first goal of the day past Casey DeSmith during a power play at 13:42. Providence built a 2-0 lead at 17:35 of the first period when Adam Payerl rush towards the net and shoved his own rebound across the goal line.

McIntyre had blanked the Penguins for seven-straight periods at Dunkin’ Donuts Center at this point, but that streak finally came to an end in the middle frame.

Gage Quinney came streaking in on an odd man rush and fired the puck up and over McIntyre’s glove to bring Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within one 6:31 into the second period. The Penguins tied it up on a Jarred Tinordi chip shot over a sprawled-out McIntyre, finished the work done by Reid Gardner who racked up several rebound bids at the side of the net. Tinordi’s tally at 11:06 of the second period was his first goal since Nov. 12.

The third period decided nothing as the score remained 2-2 at the end of 60 minutes, and the shots were dead even at 30-30. No victor emerged after a five-minute overtime session, either.

Jean-Sébastien Dea used crafty puckwork to score in the first round of the shootout and DeSmith was perfect on three Bruins shootout attempts, giving the Penguins their first win at Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season.

DeSmith slammed the door on 32 of 34 shots faced in regulation and overtime, while McIntyre recorded an identical statline at the opposite end of the ice.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Feb. 16 when they travel to upstate New York for a tilt with the Rochester Americans. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 17, and they’ll take on the Utica Comets for the first time this season. Puck drop between the Penguins and Comets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 1/16/18

AHL’s first Fathers’ Trip ends with Penguins winning seven-straight

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (23-10-2-1) tries to extend its season-best win streak against division rivals

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Jan. 12 – PENGUINS 6 at Belleville 2
Ryan Haggerty kicked off the Penguins’ Fathers’ Trip with a bang, scoring his first pro hat trick and setting a new career high with 16 goals this season with his dad, Roger, in attendance. The Penguins also saw Christian Thomas find the back of the net for the fourth-straight game, and Jean-Sébastien Dea added an empty netter to seal the Pens’ sixth win in a row.

Saturday, Jan. 13 – PENGUINS 4 at Laval 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was powered to its seventh win in a row once again on the back of a hat trick. This time, it was D-man Andrey Pedan tallying three times for his first career hatty. The Penguins surrendered early period goals twice to the Rocket, but responded in less than three minutes both times. The Penguins also got their special teams going with two power play goals from Pedan, including the game-winner.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Jan. 17 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season-best seven-game win streak began after back-to-back losses to Lehigh Valley on Dec. 23 and 27. The Penguins look to avenge those defeats to keep their current streak alive. The Phantoms lead the season series with a 4-2-0-1 record against the Penguins in seven meetings.

Friday, Jan. 19 – PENGUINS at Providence
The Penguins visit the Bruins for the first time this season. In these two clubs’ only match-up this season, Providence came to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 11 and were met with a 4-3 overtime loss on a Ryan Haggerty snipe.

Sunday, Jan. 21- PENGUINS at Hartford
In three games between the Penguins and Wolf Pack this season, the home team has won every time. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hopes to end that streak at XL Center in a 5:00 p.m. showdown.

 

Ice Chips

– Christian Thomas was named to Canada’s men’s hockey roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games on Thursday.

– Ryan Haggerty and Andrey Pedan’s hat tricks marked the first back-to-back hat tricks in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.

– Pedan became only the second defenseman in Penguins history to record a hat trick (Alex Picard: Mar. 17, 2012).

– After posting a hat trick and five points (3G-2A) along with a plus-5 rating in last weekend’s games, Pedan was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday.

– Since signing his second PTO with the Penguins this season, goalie Anthony Peters has won five straight starts with a 1.79 goals against average and .929 save percentage in that time.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. PENGUINS 36 23 10 2 1 49 .681
2. Lehigh Valley 40 23 12 2 3 51 .638
3. Providence 38 22 12 3 1 48 .632
4. Bridgeport 37 18 13 4 2 42 .568
5. Charlotte 38 21 16 0 1 43 .566
6. Hershey 40 17 17 3 3 40 .500
7. Springfield 40 17 21 1 1 36 .450
8. Hartford 40 15 19 3 3 36 .450

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong*^ 29 18 10 28
Ryan Haggerty 26 16 11 27
Jean-Sébastien Dea 36 9 14 23
Teddy Blueger 36 11 11 22
Zach Aston-Reese 34 5 16 21
Kevin Czuczman 32 1 20 21
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 19 12-5-2 2.53 .915 2
Anthony Peters 8 5-2-1 2.83 .900 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Wed, Jan. 17      Lehigh Valley  Mohegan Sun Arena         7:05 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 19          Providence     Dunkin’ Donuts Center     7:05 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 21       Hartford           XL Center                            5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Sun, Jan. 14       (LW) Cody Wydo                    Reassigned to WHL

Fri, Jan. 12         (G) Casey DeSmith                          Recalled to PIT

Fri, Jan. 12         (G) Adam Morrison                         Signed to PTO

Tue, Jan. 9         (RW) Reid Gardner                Reassigned to WHL

PENGUINS REASSIGN WYDO AND GARDINER TO ECHL

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have reassigned forwards Cody Wydo and Reid Gardiner to their ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers.

Wydo posted an assist in his first game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season on Dec. 22 vs. Binghamton. It was his only point in four games with the Penguins this season. In seven career AHL games, all with Penguins, Wydo has one goal and one assist for two points.

Wydo, 26, is playing in his third season of professional hockey and currently leads the Nailers in points with 31 (13G-18A). His 13 goals are also tied for third on the team, and his 18 assists rank in a tied for second. This production comes one year after leading Wheeling in goal scoring at the end of the 2016-17 season (30) and finishing tied for the team’s highest point total (60). Over the course of his 165-game ECHL career, the forward from Allen Park, Michigan has posted 67 goals and 80 assists for 147 total points.

Gardiner got off to a torrid start to the season, recording 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in his first 10 games in the ECHL en route to being named ECHL/CCM Rookie of the Month for October. The Humbolt, Saskatchewan native currently has 27 points through 30 games, and has the second-most goals on the team (14).

Gardiner, 21, spent the first half of his last season with the Penguins before returning to his junior club, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. He was quickly traded by Prince Albert to the Kelowna Rockets, were he was able to spend his final season of junior hockey skating alongside his brother, Erik. With the Rockets, Gardiner posted 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points in 28 games. He then went on to lead Kelowna in points (28) during the WHL Playoffs and finished second in the postseason with 15 goals despite playing in five fewer games than the leader, Austin Wagner.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS SPRONG; REASSIGNS SIMON


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Daniel Sprong from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Forward Dominik Simon has been re-assigned to WBS.

Sprong, 20, recorded his second hat trick of the season yesterday against Hartford, bringing his season totals to 18 goals, 10 assists and 28 points in 29 games. His 18 goals rank second overall in the AHL, while his 28 points are 15th-best. Sprong has seven power-play goals, which ranks fifth (tied) in the league.



The 6-foot, 180-pound Sprong recorded six points (3G-3A) in his final two games before getting recalled. His first professional hat trick came back on October 20 against the Laval Rocket.

Simon, 23, has 16 points (3+13) in 20 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. In parts of three campaigns with the team, the native of Prague, Czech Republic has posted 110 points (43+67) in 158 games with the AHL club.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tonight, Saturday, Dec. 30, when they travel down I-81 to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game will be in the New Year, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Puck drop between the Penguins and Sound Tigers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including 22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PITTSBURGH RECALLS FOUR FROM WBS ON THURSDAY


The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goalie Casey DeSmith, defensemenn Andrey Pedan and Frank Corrado, and forward Garrett Wilson from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Defensemen Kris Letang and Chad Ruhwedel, and forward Bryan Rust, have been placed on injured reserve. Letang has been retroactively placed on IR dating back to December 24.

DeSmith, 26, saw relief action in two earlier games for Pittsburgh this year. His most recent NHL appearance was December 9 against Toronto when he stopped eight of nine shots in 38 minutes. At the AHL level, he is 10-5-2 with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 17 games.

Pedan, 24, joined the Penguins in October in a deal from the Vancouver Canucks. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound blueliner has played in 13 career NHL games, all with the Canucks. This year, Pedan has 10 points (2G-8A) and is plus-5 in 26 AHL games with WBS.

The New York Islanders originally chose Pedan in the third round (63rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. He is a native of Kaunas, Lithuania.

Corrado, 24, is joining the Penguins for the third time this season. Earlier this year he played in three games for Pittsburgh, posting an even plus/minus while averaging 11:06 minutes per game.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Corrado has eight points (1G-7A) and a plus-6 in 19 AHL contests with WBS. His plus-6 ranks second on the team among defensemen.

Corrado has skated in 74 career NHL games with Vancouver, Toronto and Pittsburgh, producing three goals, five assists and eight points.

Wilson, 26, is in his second season in the Pittsburgh organization. He spent the entire season with WBS last year before joining the Penguins as a ‘Black Ace’ practice squad member during the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

This season, the 6-foot-2, 199-pound native of Barrie, Ontario has 14 points (6G-8A) and a team-high 54 penalty minutes in 25 games. He has played in 34 career NHL regular-season games, and six NHL playoff contests, all with the Florida Panthers.

The Penguins’ next game is Friday, Dec. 29 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Friday’s game between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hartford is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with upper and lower bowl tickets available for $14 and $2 select draught beers available from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Puck drop between the Penguins and Wolf Pack is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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SEAN MAGUIRE ASSIGNED TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) have reassigned goaltender Sean Maguire from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Penguins have also released goaltender Colin Stevens from his professional tryout agreement.

Maguire has an 8-3-0 record with the Nailers this season and has earned a .910 save percentage and 3.28 goals against average in that time. Last season, the Powell River, British Columbia native appeared in 35 games for Wheeling, posting a 14-16-4 record with two shutouts, a .897 save percentage and 3.20 goals against average. Maguire was named ECHL CCM Goaltender of the Month for January after putting forth a 6-1-1 record and both of his season’s shutouts in 9 games.

Maguire also played in one game for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year, earning the win for the Penguins in their Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy-clinching victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Apr. 15, 2017.

The 24-year-old netminder was selected in the fourth round (113th overall) by Pittsburgh at the 2012 NHL     Entry Draft.

Stevens has played three games this year with Wheeling, posting a 2-0-1 record. Stevens owns a .907 save percentage and a 3.27 goals against average in his time with the Nailers, as well. The 24-year-old from Niskayuna, New York did not appear in any games with the Penguins during the course of his PTO.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Dec. 1, when the Penguins welcome the Milwaukee Admirals to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Admirals is 7:05 p.m., and marks the return of WBRE/WYOU Eyewitness News Fan Fridays.  All tickets for Friday’s game against Milwaukee are $14 and select draught beers are $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 19th season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season22-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

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PENGUINS ADD FOUR DEFENSEMEN

 

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defensemen Niclas Almari and Connor Hall to amateur tryout contracts for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. Additionally, defenseman Kevin Schulze has signed a professional tryout agreement with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and the Penguins have recalled defenseman Ryan Segalla.

Almari split his first pro season between HPK Hämeenlinna (Liiga) and Lempäälän Kisa (Mestis) in Finland. During that time, he earned four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 47 games. He also won the Legacy Bowl with HPK’s junior club as Jr. A SM-liiga champions on Apr. 1, 2017. The 18-year-old blueliner from Espoo, Finland was taken in the fifth round (151st overall) of this past summer’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hall, a third round pick (77th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, comes to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after his second season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. The six-foot-four defenseman appeared in 17 games with the Rangers this season before he underwent shoulder surgery in December. In 64 career OHL games, Hall has earned three goals, nine assists, 12 points and 95 penalty minutes.

Schulze led the Nailers this season with 47 assists and tied current Penguin Cody Wydo for the team lead in points (60). The rookie out of the University of Wisconsin was the only defenseman in the ECHL to lead his team in points at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Segalla, who is also playing in his first season of pro hockey, made his AHL debut in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s 4-0 win at Lehigh Valley on Mar. 25, 2017. In one AHL game, the Hanover, Mass. native did not earn any points. The 22-year-old has posted three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 62 games with the Nailers this season.

Segalla was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, Apr. 12, the last of 12 season meetings between the Penguins and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Puck drop between the Penguins and Phantoms is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Individual tickets for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

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