PENGUINS WEEKLY 11/15/16

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Penguins still atop the AHL, first team to 10 wins

 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (10-2-1-0) proves its mettle with bounce-back performances

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS 0 vs. Toronto 3

In a showdown of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams, Toronto shut-out Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for just its second regulation loss of the season. Thomas Di Pauli made his pro debut for the Penguins.

Saturday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Providence 1

The Penguins bounced back from their Friday night loss with a gritty victory over the Bruins in which they spread their scoring over all three periods. Casey DeSmith made 28 saves between the pipes, improving his personal record to 4-0-0.

Sunday, Nov. 13 – PENGUINS 4 at Hartford 1

An excellent start stunned the Wolf Pack, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored three times in the first period. Dominik Simon and David Warsofsky both scored power play goals for the Pens, and Ryan Haggerty potted his first with the black and gold. Lukas Bengtsson made his AHL debut.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley

The Penguins take on their PA rival for the first time this season. The Phantoms come into the contest on a six-game win streak. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the 2015-16 season series, 7-4-1-1, and is also 9-1-1-1 all-time at PPL Center.

Friday, Nov. 18 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport

Bridgeport comes to Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for their first visit this season. The Sound Tigers have found back-to-back shootout wins since losing 7-1 to the Pens on Nov. 5.

Saturday, Nov. 19 – PENGUINS at Hershey

Giant Center hosts the Penguins-Bears rivalry for the second time this season. In their previous meeting this season, the Pens triumphed in overtime on a Dominik Simon penalty shot.

Ice Chips– The Penguins hold first place in the AHL and became the first team in the league to earn its 10th win with Sunday’s victory.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s power play ranks as the league’s best, clicking at 90.6%.

– Jake Guentzel is tied for the AHL’s rookie lead in goals (6) and stands atop the entire league in plus-minus (+12).

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .962 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.

– Rookie Reid Gardiner has goals in three of his last four games.

– Kevin Porter’s next game with be his 300th in the AHL.

– Ryan Haggerty is on a three-game point streak (1G-2A).

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                        GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS           13         10         2          1          0         21          .808

2. Lehigh Valley        12         8          3          1          0          17          .708

3. Bridgeport             12         8          4          0         0          16         .667

4. Springfield             13         7          5          1          0          15          .577

5. Hershey                  13         6          4          2          1          15          .577

6. Providence            13         4          6          2          1          11           .423

7. Hartford                 13         3          8          2          0          8           .308

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP         G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*            13          6          7         13

Carter Rowney            13         3          7         10

Oskar Sundqvist          12         5         4          9

Kevin Porter                 11           4          5          9

Tom Kostopoulos        13         4          4          8

Chad Ruhwedel           13         2          6          8

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      4         4-0-0       1.00        0.963          0

Tristan Jarry               9         6-2-1         1.76         0.935          0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Nov. 16  Lehigh Valley    PPL Center                        7:05 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 18      Bridgeport         Mohegan Sun Arena       7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 19     Hershey             Giant Center                     7:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Wed, Nov. 9    ADD   (D) Chad Ruhwedel           Reassigned by PIT

Wed, Nov. 9    DEL     (LW) Tom Sestito                   Recalled by PIT

Thu, Nov. 10    ADD   (D) Lukas Bengtsson             Assigned by PIT

Thu, Nov. 10    ADD   (D) Thomas Di Pauli               Assigned by PIT

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/8/16

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Penguins hold first place in the AHL after perfect three-in-three weekend

 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (8-1-1-0) has points in eight-straight games

 

Weekly Rewind

Friday, Nov. 4 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Binghamton 1

The Penguins started slowly, but ultimately scored four unanswered against the Senators to win their first of six season meetings. Tom Kostopoulos recorded an assist and a goal to reach his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS 7 at Bridgeport 1

The Penguins scored in the first two minutes of all three periods and stunned the Sound Tigers, 7-1. Jake Guentzel racked up four points (2G-2A) for the second time this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton allowed one goal in regulation for the eighth-straight game.

Sunday, Nov. 6 – PENGUINS 5 at Providence 4  (SO)

It wouldn’t be a Pens vs. Bruins game without overtime, and this game needed even more to find a winner. Tristan Jarry made 38 saves in regulation and overtime, then four more in the shootout, before Garrett Wilson won it for the Pens.

The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 11 – PENGUINS vs. Toronto

The Toronto Marlies visit Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for the first and only time this season, and it comes at a time when they and the Pens hold the top two spots in the AHL.

Saturday, Nov. 12 – PENGUINS vs. Providence

Providence scored more against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton than any other team has this season, but still couldn’t prevent a Penguins victory in their last meeting. Including playoffs, the past four games between the two clubs have gone to OT.

Sunday, Nov. 13 – PENGUINS at Hartford

In the season opener, the Pens downed the Wolf Pack, 6-2. Today, Hartford sits in last place of the Atlantic Division and has surrendered more goals than any other AHL team (44).

Ice Chips

– The Penguins’ 15 goals against is the lowest total in the league and tied for the second-fewest goals allowed through the first 10 games of a season this decade.

– The Penguins hold the league’s top penalty kill at 92.7%.

– Jake Guentzel leads all AHL rookies with 12 points (5G-7A).

– Casey DeSmith’s .962 save percentage ranks first among AHL rookie goaltenders and second in the league overall.

– With tallies in four-straight games, Tom Kostopoulos is enjoying the third-longest goal streak of his 18-year career.

– Carter Rowney and Garrett Wilson both earned their 100th career AHL points on Sunday at Providence.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          10        8          1           1          0          17           .850

2. Hershey                10       6          2           2          0         14           .700

3. Lehigh Valley         9       5          3           1          0          11            .611

4. Bridgeport           10        6          4          0          0         12          .600

5. Springfield          10        5          4           1          0          11           .550

6. Providence          11        3          5           2          1            9            .409

7. Hartford              10        3          6           1          0            7           .350

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*           10         5          7         12

Carter Rowney           10         3          6          9

Kevin Porter                 9          2          3          8

Oskar Sundqvist          9          4          3          7

Tom Kostopoulos       10         4          3          7

Chad Ruhwedel^        10         2          5          7

 

GOALIES                  GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%     Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      3        3-0-0        1.00        0.962          0

Tristan Jarry                7         5-1-1         1.69         0.936          0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT      LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Nov. 11        Toronto               Mohegan Sun Arena        7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 12      Providence          Mohegan Sun Arena      7:00 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 13     Hartford              XL Center                          5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Nov. 7    DEL     (RW) Adam Krause             Assigned to WHL

Mon, Nov. 7    ADD   (D) David Warsofsky         Reassigned by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      ADD   (RW) Tom Sestito                  Assigned by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      DEL     (D) Steve Oleksy                    Recalled by PIT

Tue, Nov. 8      DEL     (D) Chad Ruhwedel               Recalled by PIT