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Penguins Close Out Regular Season, Gear Up for Playoffs

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (43-22-6-2) will face three Atlantic Division teams to close out the regular season

 

Weekly Rewind

Tuesday, Apr. 3 – PENGUINS 5 vs. Hershey 3
The Penguins improved to 9-0-1-1 against their I-81 rival this season in a game that saw Sam Lafferty net his first pro goal. Jean-Sébastien Dea also posted his team-leading fourth shorthanded goal of the season.

Friday, Apr. 6 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Bridgeport 4
Daniel Sprong had a hand in all three of the Penguins goals (1G-2A), but it was not enough to match a desperate Sound Tigers team clinging to its postseason dreams.

Saturday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS 7 vs. Binghamton 3
The Penguins were victorious in their final regular season home game, completing a perfect six-game season sweep against the Devils and giving Tom Kostopoulos the perfect send off in front of the home crowd. Goalie Michael Leighton improved to 5-0-0 since joining the Penguins.

Sunday, Apr. 8 – PENGUINS 5 at Bridgeport 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second consecutive four-goal first period lead fueled the 5-2 victory. Anthony Peters made 41 saves, enabling the Penguins to secure the win.

 

The Week Ahead

Friday, Apr. 13 – PENGUINS at Springfield
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will attempt to complete the four-game season sweep of Springfield, who it has out-scored 13-6.

Saturday, Apr. 14 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
The recently crowned Atlantic Division Champion Phantoms welcome the Pens to PPL Center for the final time this season.

Sunday, Apr. 15 – PENGUINS at Hershey
The Penguins try to remain unbeaten in regulation against the Bears when the two clubs clash in the last game of 2017-18.

 

Ice Chips

– The Penguins clinched a playoff berth for the 16th straight season. The 16-year postseason streak is the AHL’s active record.

– Garrett Wilson’s 40 points this season establishes a new career high.

– Daniel Sprong was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team on Wednesday. Sprong currently ranks first among league rookies in goals (30) and shots (192), while sitting second in points.

– With 30 goals on the season, Sprong tied the franchise record for most goals by a rookie, set by Michel Ouellet in 2003-04.

– Sprong’s year marks the first 30-goal season by a Penguin since Chris Minard (34) in 2008-09.

 

DIVISION STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS Pt%
1. Lehigh Valley 74 45 19 5 5 100 .676
2. PENGUINS 73 43 22 6 2 94 .644
3. Providence 73 43 25 3 2 91 .623
4. Charlotte 74 43 26 1 3 92 .622
5. Bridgeport 73 36 29 5 3 80 .548
6. Hartford 74 32 33 6 3 73 .493
7. Springfield 73 32 34 5 2 71 .486
8. Hershey 74 29 36 4 5 67 .453

 

TEAM LEADERS

SKATERS GP G A PTS
Daniel Sprong* 62 30 31 61
Jean-Sébastien Dea 68 18 31 49
Teddy Blueger 68 20 24 44
Garrett Wilson 67 16 24 40
Ryan Haggerty 45 16 21 37
GOALIES GP W-L-OT GAA SV% Shutouts
Casey DeSmith^ 27 16-8-3 2.73 .910 2
Anthony Peters 23 11-7-3 2.74 .906 1
Tristan Jarry 15 8-5-2 3.12 .899 0

* = rookie
^ = currently with Pittsburgh

 

UPCOMING GAME SCHEDULE

DATE                 OPPONENT     LOCATION                           TIME    

Fri, Apr. 13      Springfield       MassMutual Center           7:05 p.m.

Sat, Apr. 14     Lehigh Valley  PPL Center                          7:05 p.m.

Sun, Apr. 15    Hershey           Giant Center                       5:00 p.m.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Fri, Mar. 31       (D) Niclas Almari                              Signed to ATO

Wed, Mar. 29   (D) Dane Birks                                  Signed to ATO

Wed, Mar. 29   (RW) Josh Jooris                             Recalled by PIT

Mon, Mar 27     (G) Alex D’Orio              Reassigned from QMJHL