The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will look to make up some ground in the race for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division when they host the Providence Bruins on Wednesday night.
The Penguins (32-25-7-3, 74 points) currently sit in fifth place in the division, just outside a playoff spot. The Bruins and Hershey Bears are in a virtual tie for the third and fourth positions with 79 points each.
A regulation win by the Penguins on Wednesday would pull the team within three points of both squads, as the Bears do not play again until Saturday night, when they host the Bruins.
This is the sixth and final meeting between the Penguins and Bruins this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has a 2-2-1-0 mark against Providence thus far.
Wednesday, March 27
(34-22-8-3, 79 points, third in Atlantic Division)
Mohegan Sun Arena
PENGUINS DEFEAT THUNDERBIRDS, 3-2
Sam Lafferty carries a three-game point streak (3+3=6) into Wednesday night’s contest.
Lafferty’s hat trick against the Phantoms on Saturday night was the first of his pro career, and the fourth by a member of the Penguins this season (Zach Aston-Reese on Nov. 4 at Bridgeport; Ryan Haggerty on Dec. 15 vs. Lehigh Valley; Jimmy Hayes on March 13 vs. Lehigh Valley).
Lafferty is tied for 14th among rookies with 25 assists this season.
Fellow rookie and linemate Sam Miletic also has points in three straight games (1+3=4).
Ryan Haggerty’s overtime goal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday night was his 37th point of the season, tying his previous individual high for points in a season, set last year.
Defenseman Jusson Riikola picked up a pair of assists on Sunday afternoon against Springfield, his first points with the Penguins.
John Muse has won his past five starts with the Penguins.
Muse assisted on Anthony Angello’s goal against Springfield on Sunday, giving him his first point in a Penguins uniform.
Angello is tied for ninth among rookies with 16 goals this season.
Tickets for tonight’s game are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office or by calling the Penguins at 570-208-7367.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wraps up March with a home game against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Saturday night.
Saturday is also our annual Star Wars night, with members of the 501st Garrison Carida joining us throughout the night. The Penguins will also be wearing specially designed clone trooper jerseys, designed by Lucasfilm’s own Dave Filoni. The jerseys will be auctioned through the DASH Auction app, with all proceeds from the auctions benefiting the Allied Services Foundation.
Tickets for Saturday night are available at the arena box office, by calling 570-208-7367 or online here.
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