POULIOT RECALLED BY PITTSBURGH

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

Pouliot has played in seven games this year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, helping the club move into first place in the AHL’s overall standings.

Last year, Pouliot helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup, appearing in two playoff games. He has 14 points (2G-12A) in 57 career NHL regular-season games with Pittsburgh.

The Penguins’ next home game is Friday, Dec. 16 as they’ll face-off against the Rochester Americans for the first and only time at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this season. The contest is also an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Individual game tickets for tomorrow night’s game and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling (570) 208-7367.

SESTITO SET TO MAKE WBS SEASON DEBUT VERSUS BEARS

The rivalry between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears is always intense.

Insert Tom Sestito and Liam O’Brien into the equation, and the intensity level skyrockets.

Sestito, who began the 2016-17 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, figures to make his NEPA debut when the Pens and Bears face off in a two-game tilt at the Mohegan Sun Arena this weekend.

Sestito and O’Brien engaged in a war of words online last spring, as well as a few memorable matchups on the ice in both the regular season and playoffs.

So what can we expect from Tito’s return?

 

“I’m excited to be down here and get playing in some games,” Sestito said.  “I’m looking forward to contributing as much as I can, and hopefully that translates into some wins.”

That’s all well and good.  But what about facing off against your favorite foe, Tom?

“Hershey’s a big rival. It’s not going to be hard to get up for that game,” Sestito said, toeing the line.  “So it will be exciting on Friday, and we’ll see how many fireworks there are.”

Head coach Clark Donatelli knows what an imposing figure Sestito can cut on the ice, and he’s looking forward to getting the gritty forward into the lineup.

“He’s going to help us.  He’s a big guy with great hands, and he’s in really good shape,” said Donatelli.  “He’s a big asset for us.”


Donatelli also received word this morning that forward Jake Guentzel and defenseman Derrick Pouliot would be returning to the team in time for this weekend’s games.  Those two additions make an already formidable lineup even better.

Guentzell hasn’t suited up in the AHL since recording three points (1+2) against the Bears back on November 19.  Since that time, he’s make his NHL debut and tallied three goals (including two in his first game) with Pittsburgh.  Despite being in the show for more than three weeks, Guentzel still leads Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wth 17 points, while sharing the team lead in goals (7) and assists (10).  He also remains tied for second among AHL rookies in points.

Pouliot appeared in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment two weeks ago, and has now been declared healthy to play full time.  But a log jam on the Pittsburgh blue line means he’ll be getting in quality minutes in NEPA.

“Obviously they’re very good players, and we’ll inject them into the lineup for sure,” Donatelli stated.


The Penguins currently lay claim to first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division by virtue of a .738 points percentage (31 of a possible 42).  But the Bears and Lehigh Valley Phantoms are close on the Penguins’ heels with .705 percentages (31 of a possible 44 points), while the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are just one point behind those two clubs.  That means the 2-5 ranked clubs in the AHL all reside in the division, and the Pens will face a pair of them in their three-in-three stretch this weekend (Friday & Saturday vs. Hershey; Sunday in Bridgeport)

“It’s a tough division, and head-to-head those teams are hard,” said Donatelli.  “We’ve got our hands full, but we’re just going to take it game-by-game.”


The Pens return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling 570-208-7367.

GUENTZEL, POULIOT RETURN TO WILKES-BARRE

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

Guentzel has played five games in his first NHL recall, scoring twice in his Pittsburgh debut on Nov. 21 against the New York Rangers and totaling four points (3G-1A) during his stint.

Pouliot was activated from injured reserve following a lower-body injury he suffered on Oct. 20 against San Jose. Last weekend, he played three games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during a conditioning assignment, going scoreless.  

The Pens return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling 570-208-7367.

PITTSBURGH RECALLS POULIOT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Derrick Pouliot from his conditioning assignment with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Pouliot, 22, was injured in his regular season debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 20.  He appeared in three games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during his conditioning assignment between November 23-25, going scoreless with six shots.

Pouliot has appeared in 71 regular season games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in parts of three seasons (20014-15, 20015-16, 20016-17), recording 47 points (13+34) and 46 penalty minutes.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are on the road this weekend for a two-game set against the St. John’s Ice Caps.  The puck drops on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm Eastern Time.

The Penguins return home on Friday, December 9 when they play the Hershey Bears at 7:00pm.  It’s an Eyewitness News Fan Friday, with $14 lower bowl tickets, select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm, and a post-game autograph session with two Penguins players.

Penguins ticket packages, including 22-game12-game, and 10-voucher flex packs, are available directly through the Penguins offices by calling 570-208-7367.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS POULIOT TO WBS

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned defenseman Derrick Pouliot to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Pouliot, who was injured in his only NHL appearance of the season on Oct. 20 versus San Jose, will play three games for WBS this weekend, then he will be re-evaluated by the Penguins’ team doctors when he returns.

The Penguins’ next game is Wednesday, Nov. 23, when they travel to Giant Center to take on the Hershey Bears. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next home game is Saturday, Nov. 26, against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Individual game tickets for next Saturday night’s game and all Penguins home games, are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 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.

PITTSBURGH vs COLUMBUS IN PRESEASON ACTION

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Ohio to face off with the Columbus Blue Jackets in preseason action on Sunday at 4:00pm.  And once again, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins fans will see some names they know in the lineup.

Jake Guentzel, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Carter Rowney are all in the lineup once again, as each has been for the team’s first three preseason affairs.  One new insertion is forward Adam Krause, who appeared in 15 regular season games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, posting four points (1+3) and 10 penalty minutes.  His first AHL goal came in spectacular fashion, scoring shorthanded against the Hershey Bears on March 20th of last season.

Fans can listen to today’s game via the Penguins mobile app, online at 105.9 the X, or can watch it on the NHL Network.  The Penguins roster for today’s game (subject to change):

Goaltenders
35 Tristan Jarry
36 Leland Irving

Defensemen
2 Chad Ruhwedel
4 Justin Schultz
10 Stuart Percy
24 Cameron Gaunce
42 Ethan Prow
51 Derrick Pouliot
61 Steve Oleksy

Forwards
11 Kevin Porter
13 Nick Bonino
19 Garrett Wilson
23 Scott Wilson
25 Tom Sestito
34 Tom Kuhnhackl
37 Carter Rowney
39 Jean-Sebastien Dea
45 Josh Archibald
49 Dominik Simon
59 Jake Guentzel
60 Adam Krause

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take the ice for their first preseason game when they host the Albany Devils at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins will also battle the Hershey Bears in exhibition action at home on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:05 p.m. before wrapping up their preseason schedule at Giant Center against the Bears on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.