PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/22/16

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Big wins against Bridgeport, Hershey keep Penguins atop Atlantic Division

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (12-3-1-0) set to face-off with Bears and Sound Tigers again

 

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Nov. 16 – PENGUINS 1 at Lehigh Valley 4

The Penguins fell to their Keystone rivals in their first meeting this season. It was just Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s third regulation loss of the season. Thomas Di Pauli scored the lone goal for the Pens, the first of his professional career.

Friday, Nov.18 – PENGUINS 4 vs. Bridgeport 3

The Penguins bounced back from their previous loss with a hard-earned victory over the Sound Tigers in which they scored three of their four goals in the second period. Casey DeSmith made 25 saves in net, improving his record to 5-0-0.

Saturday, Nov. 19 – PENGUINS 4 at Hershey 3

In their second game at the Giant Center, the Penguins came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period and ended up with a win in overtime. Tom Kostopoulos tied the game, 3-3, with 1:04 left in regulation, and Carter Rowney sealed the win 2:01 into OT. Jake Guentzel had three points (1G-2A), and both Oskar Sundqvist and Cameron Gaunce had two assists.

 

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – PENGUINS at Hershey

The Penguins take on the Bears for the third time this season and second time in five days. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was the overtime victor in the two squads’ previous two match-ups.

Friday, Nov. 25 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton plays the Sound Tigers for the third time in two weeks.  The Penguins were dominant in their last meeting in Bridgeport, winning 7-1.

Saturday, Nov. 26 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport

The Pens take on Bridgeport in the second game of a home-and-home. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Bridgeport, 4-3, the last time the Sound Tigers visited Mohegan Sun Arena.

 

Ice Chips

– On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired right wing Danny Kristo from St. Louis in exchange for defenseman Reid McNeill. The three-time 20-goal scorer has reported directly to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

– The Penguins have the best goal differential in the AHL (+23) and allow the fewest goals per game (1.88).

– Cameron Gaunce leads all AHL defensemen with a +13 rating.

– Rookie Casey DeSmith’s .949 save percentage and 1.40 goals against average rank first among all AHL goaltenders.

–  Carter Rowney has scored four of the Penguins’ past seven  regular season overtime game-winning goals. Including playoffs, Rowney has the game-winner in five of the Pens’ past 10 overtime victories.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS          16        12         3           1           0         25          .781

2. Lehigh Valley       15        10         4          1          0          21          .700

3. Bridgeport            15        10         5          0          0         20        .667

4. Hersey                   16         8          4          3          1         20        .625

5. Springfield            16         7          5          2          2         18         .563

6. Providence           16         5          6          3          2         15        .469

7. Hartford                16         5          9          2          0         12        .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*^          16         7         10        17

Oskar Sundqvist         15         6          8         14

Carter Rowney            16         5          8         13

Tom Kostopoulos       16         6          5         11

Garrett Wilson            16         3          7         10

 

GOALIES                 GP     W-L-OT      GAA        Sv%    Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*      5        5-0-0        1.40       0.949          0

Tristan Jarry              11        7-3-1          1.98        0.929          0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                  OPPONENT       LOCATION                         TIME      

Wed, Nov. 23    Hershey               Giant Center                       7:00 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 25        Bridgeport           Webster Bank Arena         7:00 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 26      Bridgeport           Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mon, Nov. 21    DEL      (C) Jake Guentzel                   Recalled by PIT

Sat, Nov. 19     ADD      (RW) Danny Kristo              Loaned from PIT

Sat, Nov. 19     DEL       (D) Reid McNeill                   Recalled by PIT

PENGUINS ACQUIRE KRISTO FROM BLUES

Danny Kristo has recorded three consecutive 20-goal seasons
Danny Kristo has recorded three consecutive 20-goal seasons

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired right wing Danny Kristo from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Reid McNeill, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.  Kristo will report to the  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Kristo, 26, has posted three consecutive 20-goal seasons in the American Hockey League while suiting up for the Hartford Wolf Pack (2013-14, 2014-15) and the Chicago Wolves (2015-16).  Last season he paced the Wolves with 25 goals and finished second on the team with 48 points.

A second round selection by the Montreal Canadiens in 2008, Kristo played four seasons at the University of North Dakota and led the Fighting Sioux with 26 goals and 52 points in his senior season. He garnered first team honors in the WCHA at the end of the 2012-13 season.

The Edina, Minnesota native has also represented the United States on the international stage, helping the team to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.

Kristo has recorded 142 points (72+70) in 225 AHL games with the Wolves, Wolf Pack and Hamilton Bulldogs in parts of five seasons.

McNeill, 24, has appeared in 190 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in parts of five seasons, recording 29 points (4+21) and 319 penalty minutes.  He was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL draft by the Penguins.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are back in action tonight when they face the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center at 7:00pm.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 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.

PENGUINS WEEKLY – 11/1/16

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Penguins stand tall as AHL’s top defensive team, Atlantic Division leaders

 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (5-1-1-0) continues to hold opponents at bay

Weekly Rewind

Wednesday, Oct. 26 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Albany 1

The Albany Devils entered Wednesday night’s game as the last undefeated team in the AHL and left with their first loss of the season coming at the hands of the Penguins. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton held Albany to 20 shots and scored its goals on the power play, shorthanded and at even strength.

Saturday, Oct. 29 – PENGUINS 1 at Springfield 2 (OT)

Reid McNeill scored his first of the season, but a third period tally from Paul Thompson and then overtime game-winner by Chase Balisy saw the Thunderbirds get the best of the Pens.

Sunday, Oct. 30 – PENGUINS 6 vs. Syracuse 1

The Pens offense erupted for three goals in the first period, sparking a convincing Sunday matinée victory. Kevin Porter scored twice for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the second time this season he put forth a two-goal showing against Syracuse.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Nov. 4 – PENGUINS vs. Binghamton

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kicks off a three-in-three slate with  an old rival, the Binghamton Senators. This will be the first time this season the Pens and Sens clash, but in 2015-16, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the season series, 5-1-0-0.

Saturday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport

The Sound Tigers found the upper hand in last year’s season series by beating the Pens five out of six times. Now, they have three rookies in the team’s top four scorers. However, Bridgeport has been outscored 9-8 at home so far this year.

Sunday, Nov. 5 – PENGUINS at Providence

The Penguins prepare for their first meeting with the Bruins since they swept Providence with three consecutive overtime wins in the first round of last year’s Calder Cup Playoffs.

Ice Chips

– The Penguins have held their opponents to just one goal in regulation for six-straight games.

– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton owns the AHL’s best goals against (9) and combined team save percentage (.949).

– The Penguins hold the league’s top penalty kill at 93.8%.

– Casey DeSmith’s .960 save percentage ranks first among AHL rookie goaltenders.

– Reid McNeill’s goal on Saturday was his the first time he found the back of the net since Feb. 28, 2015 against Hartford.

– Barry Goers, Ethan Prow and Patrick McGrath all recorded their first points of the season with assists on Sunday.

– Tom Kostopoulos is two points shy of reaching his 400th point with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM                       GP       W         L        OTL     SOL     PTS         Pt%

1. PENGUINS           7          5          1            1          0          11           .786

2. Springfield           7            5          2          0          0        10          .714

3. Bridgeport           7            4          3          0          0          8           .571

4. Hershey                7           3          2          2          0          8           .571

5. Hartford               7           3          4          0          0          6           .429

6. Lehigh Valley      6           2          3          1           0          5           .417

7. Providence           8           2          4          2          0          6           .375

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS                    GP        G         A        PTS

Jake Guentzel*            7          2          5          7

Kevin Porter                 7          4          1          5

Carter Rowney            4          2          3          5

five players tied                                               3

 

GOALIES                GP    W-L-OT-SO       GAA      Sv%       Shutouts

Casey DeSmith*     2         2-0-0-0        1.00      0.960            0

Tristan Jarry             5          3-1-1-0           1.39       0.944            0

 

* = rookie

^ = currently with Pittsburgh

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                         TIME      

Fri, Nov. 4          Binghamton        Mohegan Sun Arena          7:05 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 5         Bridgeport           Webster Bank Arena          7:00 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 6        Providence           Dunkin’ Donuts Center     3:05 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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PENGUINS HOST DEVILS ON THURSDAY

Devils vs Penguins

GAME DAY SNAPSHOT

The Penguins open their 2016 preseason schedule on home ice against the Devils.  Its the first of three exhibition contests for the Pens, who will also face off with the Hershey Bears this Saturday at home, and Sunday at the Giant Center.

WHOWilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (roster) vs. Albany Devils

WHERE:  Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

WHEN:  Thursday, October 6 at 7:05pm

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It’s also the first preseason game for the Devils, who will also take on the Hartford WolfPack this Sunday in Connecticut.

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-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.

PITTSBURGH ASSIGNS 17 TO WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON

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Defenseman Steve Oleksy is among the 17 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned 17 players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Players assigned to WBS include: goaltenders Casey DeSmith and Leland Irving; defensemen Tim Erixon, Ethan Prow, Stuart Percy, Cameron Gaunce, Reid McNeill, Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel; and forwards Oskar Sundqvist, Adam Krause, Ryan Haggerty, Sahir Gill, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Garrett Wilson and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Erixon, Percy, Gaunce, McNeill, Oleksy, Ruhwedel and Wilson all have to clear waivers on Tuesday at noon before they can join WBS.

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-game12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.